A Star is Born will effortlessly warm its way into your heart. That’s OK, it’s a movie worth every penny despite its ending.
Verdict: 9 Stars
If you haven’t seen this movie, brace yourself as it’s well over 2 hours!
For a lot of you who do not know this, A Star is Born is actually a remake. Interestingly, the movie has been remade four times. The first in 1937, then in 1954, 1976 and the Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga version. It is a phenomenal story and apt for this year following the most recent reports of music stars overdosing & suicides.
Written by Eric Roth, Will Fetters, and Bradley Cooper who doubles as director and co-lead, the motion picture tells the tragic tale of Alcoholic Country music star, Jackson Maine who discovers singer, songwriter Ally (Lady Gaga) and gives her the wings to stardom. The two fall in love amidst the headiness of fame for Ally & the derailing career of Jackson made worse by his substance abuse.
Gaga puts up a fantastic act! For the duration of the film, I had my attention on Gaga much more than Cooper. It was as though I was expecting her to make a wrong move considering that this is her first leading role in a motion picture. To my excitement, she turned out to be the radiant star of the show. Gaga lets us in on her vulnerability, her insecurities especially about her looks.
She breaks in with her thrilling performance of La Vie en Rose at the drag house where Maine decides to visit in search of more booze. Her vocals are striking enough to clear the alcohol induced fog and my initial boredom.
I’ll admit the movie doesn’t kick off with a bang. I guess it’s safe to say academy-worthy movies always start slow.
They hit it off from the dressing room after Ally’s performance and for the most part of the movie, we are (enjoyably) trapped in the rollercoaster ride of two lives, one riding to damnation and the other to the height of musical success.
Talking about music, most of the soundtracks of A Star is Born are original songs written mostly by Lady Gaga and performed Live for the movie. The songstress is known for her ability to sing up a sandstorm but in this movie, she totally sets aside her “gaga” persona and in its stead is Ally, whose music grows with the swipe of each scene.
It’s a number of firsts in A Star is Born as this is also Cooper’s directorial debut. The star actor (American Sniper) definitely proves his onions especially in how Ally’s character comes to life. She shines so brightly that she overshadows Cooper. His addiction problem climaxes with one of the most cringe-worthy scenes in history. You’ll cringe not because of the scene’s unconvincing Grammy stage but the tension you will feel as you hope and pray that Jackson finds the self-control to avoid the impending colossal mistake.
There’s a No Spoiler rule that I might break if I continue typing. However, you can continue with your thoughts in the comment section of this post.
Photo Credit: Star is Born/ Instagram