There are only two movies on the docket this week, and, without giving too much away, it looks like they exist on totally different ends of the critical spectrum. On one side we have what looks like could be a serious contender for major prizes in the upcoming award season; and the other looks like an unfortunate new addition to the ever-growing list of live-action comic book movies. Get ready for A Star Is Born and Venom.
Just remember, I’m not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they’ll end up on the Tomatometer. Let’s take a look at This Rotten Week has to offer.
Considering her talent, ability to play different characters on stage, and general showmanship , Lady Gaga was always going to hit the big screen in a dramatic role eventually. And by all early accounts she crushes it in A Star Is Born, the third remake of the 1937 original of the same name. The movie follows Bradley Cooper’s character, a famous country music star, who meets and falls in love with an up-and-coming singer (Gaga). The discovery starts him on a path towards getting his life on the straight-and-narrow, but it turns out to be a hard path to walk.
Critics have universally praised the film since its festival debut in September, with the Tomatometer sitting at 95% with almost 100 reviews posted. The love isn’t just coming in for Lady Gaga, as it’s also there for Bradley Cooper – who not only stars, but also makes his writer/director debut. Like the case with Gaga, the first time seems to be the charm. Critics love the tone of the feature, complimenting the musical numbers and the on-screen chemistry of the leads. I doubt we see the score move over the course of the week.