There are few reasons to watch this film* and I recommend people stay far away from this version of the story. Unlike the other films, which made me care about an alcoholic man on the downslide and the woman who loved him, Streisand and Kristofferson did nothing to make me hope that somehow they would find a way. I think the shift from the acting world to the music world was to the film’s detriment** and my hopes are not very high for the upcoming 2018 version which is also set in the music world.***
Cost: free from the library
Where watched: at home, sighing throughout.
*Insight on 70s-era concert attire; Kris Kristofferson’s ability to spay paint backward; Gary Busey before he fixed his teeth
**Somehow, alcoholism getting in the way of filming a movie is much less egregious than alcoholism getting in the way of a concert performance. Those people paid good money to hear you play your songs, not to sit in the sun for four hours waiting for you to get around to going onstage.
***My hopes are higher for the music of the 2018 version. The 1976 music was Not Very Good.
poster from: http://www.impawards.com/1976/star_is_born.html