Glitter (2001)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.

USA, 2001.  , , , , .  Story by , Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Fifth version of A Star Is Born (if you don’t include Funny Girl) has doing a fine acting job in her leading role debut, as a Mighty Mouse-talented singer who is discovered by a big-city DJ and rises to fame, while he gradually gets pushed aside to the wings of obscurity. Director Vondie Curtis-Hall has certainly not come anywhere close to the classic George Cukor version of 1954 starring Judy Garland, but thanks to his thrifty pacing and bouncy musical numbers, his is definitely far better than Barbra Streisand’s 1976 schmoozical with Kris Kristofferson. His thriftiness gets the better of him in the end though, and viewers will be disappointed by an anticlimactic third act, and while I wouldn’t say Carey is a great actress, carrying a whole movie is no mean feat and she pulls it off quite easily. The songs are never fantastic, but are (like Carey’s own pop songs) tuneful and fun, and the film never feels like it’s stopping mid-sentence to allow any of them to be heard. You could do a lot worse.

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