Monday, June 17, 2024

Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein Movie “Maestro” Wins Raves in Venice, Some Declare Better than Director’s “A Star is Born”


The reviews are coming in for Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein biopic and they are raves.

“Maestro” is being applauded by all the major review outlets from what I call PenskeWorld –Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and the UK reviews are all glowing.

“Maestro” is Netflix’s big Oscar movie for this fall. They’ll debut it on October 2nd at David Geffen Hall in New York, formerly Avery Fisher Hall, where the Philharmonic plays. The Hall will be turned into a state of the art screening room. At least two parties — one for the paying public and one for the Lincoln Center donors — are planned.

The big question is, if the strikes aren’t over, will anyone other than Cooper attend?

Some reviews are so enthusiastic they say that for actor Cooper his second directing venture is even better than Cooper’s much awarded hit, “A Star is Born.” David Rooney writes in THR: “It’s intended as no slight to Cooper’s A Star is Born remake, his impressive first turn in the director’s chair, to say his follow-up is a considerable leap in terms of accomplishment.”

And, yes, the prosthetic nose is not a problem says Variety’s Owen Glieberman. Let’s move on. Sounds like we have another Best Picture nominee after Killers of the Flower Moon, Oppenheimer, AIR, maybe Barbie.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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