• electricity on the stage thanks to Aronofsky’s DP Matthew Libatique and raw intimacy in the dramatic off-stage scenes thanks to two (or three if you count sam elliott) powerhouse performances
  • you can definitely see the beautiful stage lighting work and comparisons with like Black Swan
  • Cooper’s performance is very good- but certainly very borrowed from Sam Elliott’s voice (a point acknowledged, in a way that’s very well done in the film), part Kris Kristofferson—part Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart for sure
  • Lots of closeups as a camera choice—typical of an actor turned director- focusing on the performances and not the entire frame. The performers and performances are great though so it pays off- Andrew Dice Clay gets some nice scenes, Sam Elliott’s pickup truck scene- devastating
  • Memorable scenes- clearly Cooper has a ton of confidence- and Lady Gaga does as well- it comes across well—there are individual scenes, like the one on the balcony where he tells her this is all fleeting, the first time they performance “The Shallows” which is a stunning song
  • Recommend