16 Extremely Important Observations From the Trailer for 'A Star is Born'

This movie has the production value that 'Burlesque' deserved.

Lady Gaga A Star Is Born
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The trailer for the now thrice remade A Star Is Born (opens in new tab) (Judy Garland helmed one (opens in new tab) in 1954, Barbra Streisand helmed another (opens in new tab) in 1976) dropped Wednesday, this time with Lady Gaga (opens in new tab) playing the lead female role.

Expected this fall after years of production hiccups (opens in new tab), the film follows a big-time musician (here played by Bradley Cooper) who is “at a crossroads” or “battling demons” or “someone Dave Chappelle should be worried about,” as he chance-meets Lady Gaga in a club. They fall in love, he discovers she is good at singing, and then uses his platform to give her the big break she deserves. Later, someone or possibly multiple people cry, probably.

Here are a 16 observations from watching the trailer:


  1. Bradley Cooper singing with a country twang is extremely working.
  2. Ooooh, as is hat-wearing, probably-inebriated Bradley Cooper. Turns out, if you make it look like The Hangover-era Bradley Cooper got dragged behind a train for a few miles he will actually be at peak sexiness.
  3. Is that ringing sound actually in the trailer, or have the years of neglecting to wear earplugs at concerts caught up to me?
  4. Genuinely surprised to see Dave Chappelle in this.
  5. Then again, remember when Dave Chappelle was in You’ve Got Mail?
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  6. And do you further remember when Bradley Cooper was in an episode of Sex and the City?
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  7. Lady Gaga is introduced to us while on a small stage that looks like a set-piece from the 2010’s incredible but maligned Christina Aguilera/Cher vehicle, Burlesque.
  8. Gaga’s skinny eyebrows are certainly a lewk.
  9. Wait—is this just a Burlesque remake, wrapped in a Barbra Streisand remake?
  10. They really made all the characters in this movie look incredibly norm-core. Like, I’m having trouble believing Gaga has visible pores in real-life? Because she’s been famous for so long?
  11. Hey, it’s Coachella!
  12. Genuinely relieved to hear Lady Gaga’s singing voice toward the end of this trailer. Not that Bradley’s wasn’t good but it was really time to let a pro take over.
  13. Yeah, this really feels like Burlesque. Like, down to the wigs.
  14. Gaga knows that she looks good in hats, which goes a long way in explaining the cover of Joanne (opens in new tab).
  15. Gaga and Bradley’s chemistry seems great. Very natural, a hint of neediness, a simmering horniness that can’t be ignored. *Chef’s kiss.*
  16. This movie seems pretty good. Could use more Cher (opens in new tab).

This particular version of A Star Is Born hits theaters October 5.

Cady Drell is a writer, editor, researcher and pet enthusiast from Brooklyn.