I'd rate this a B-. Never had any interest in the previous versions because I knew it didn't have a happy ending. But so many people liked it, I thought I'd try it. First 45 or so minutes were really good; the rest kind of plodded along.
From my POV, a lot of issues brought up and then not followed up on sufficiently. For 2.25 hours, I thought we should have had more insight into what drove the characters. I felt kind of cheated.
Gaga's acting was competent, given the fairly superficial dialog she had to work with.
BC--I had a hard time getting past his greasy looking, too long hair. On the plus side, he has nice chest hair. I approve.
Did not like when BC sobbed almost uncontrollably without shedding a tear.
I really liked the final song (I'll Never Love Again) a lot. Now *that's* Oscar worthy, IMO. It reminds me of some other song, but I cannot figure out which one.