A Star Is Born Review

Updated on October 29, 2018

A Powerful Story of Inner Struggle

Source

When it comes to remakes, it can be annoying seeing the same thing over and over again. Not only is this film a remake, but it is the fourth time that this film has been remade. The challenge then becomes to be able to make a familiar story still seem fresh and new with each incarnation. Bradley Cooper has done a masterful job of taking a well known story and adding elements to it that make it feel unique and original.

Plot

Cooper plays Jackson Maine, an experienced musician who has been famous in the industry for a while. After one of his performances, he stops by a bar where he meets Ally (Lady Gaga), a girl with a beautiful voice who is struggling to start her musical career. Jackson and Ally begin to have a romance and as her career takes off, Jackson struggles with his inner demons and drug addiction.

Characters

Cooper as Jackson is phenomenal. He brings so many layers of depth and complexity to a famed figure whose private life is hidden from the public eye. He has a genuine love for music and being an honest performer, but it is contrasting with his addictions and internal struggles. Cooper will definitely earn some sort of Oscar buzz for this because this is his best performance in years.

Lady Gaga has definitely cemented herself as a triple threat. She brings a lot of rawness and emotion to her role and its not only felt in her acting, but in her singing. She does a great job at staying in character while she sings, connecting the song with the story. When she sings, she owns the screen. She has such a powerful presence. What's interesting is that the arc that her character goes through is somewhat similar to the real Lady Gaga.

Gaga and Cooper have amazing chemistry throughout the film. This film really centers on their relationship and if you don't buy it, then the movie completely falls apart. Luckily, their relationship seems very genuine and is often touching and moving at times.

There are a couple side characters in this film that also give good performances. Sam Elliott plays Jackson's brother who truly cares for his brother, but can't stand to watch him destroy his life with his addiction. He has a couple scenes that may give him a best supporting actor nomination. Andrew Dice Clay plays Gaga's dad and he's good, but his main role is definitely the comedic relief for this film, which can get pretty heavy at times, so it's good to have some moments of levity. Dave Chappelle pops up very briefly, but he is good for the scenes that he is in.


Direction

This is Cooper's directorial debut and it's pretty hard to believe. This movie is very well crafted. He captures the relationship between these two characters so well that when something emotional occurs, it really just has an extra punch. The concert scenes are breathtaking. The sound and shots during the concert sequences really make you feel like you are on stage with Cooper just jamming out.

I also loved the way that he brings this story into the modern world. There are certain events that occur that help capture an artist's journey that would happen in the world today. I really liked seeing how Gaga's character developed in the current music industry, while Cooper struggled to adapt.

The one critique I do have with his directing is that the pacing is a bit off. I think there are scenes in the movie that could have been cut out. Now, these are not bad scenes, but they do add on to the run time which is pretty long at about 2 hours and 15 minutes, He might have directed a bit too much, even though it's not bad.

Music

A film about musicians should have great music, and this movie definitely brings that element. The music is great. It's all original so there are no covers. The songs are very catchy at times, but very emotional at others. I think the Oscars will have to make a separate best original song category just for this movie. The song that Lady Gaga delivers at the end is heartbreaking and powerful, not only because of the context, but because of the powerful performance and lyrics attached. Also, surprise, Cooper can sing now, so there's another thing he can do besides act and direct. Even if you haven't seen the movie, I recommend listening to the soundtrack.

Final Thoughts

A Star is Born takes a simple plot but turns it into an impactful and complex story with a dynamic relationship at the center of it. The pacing may be a bit off and sometimes it can feel a bit long, but I was never taken out of this movie. My theater cried their eyes out at the end so it definitely is impactful to a lot of people. Cooper is now a force to be reckoned with in the director's chair and I can't wait to see what he does next.

Rating: 9/10

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Coffeequeeen profile image

      Louise Powles 

      17 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I've not seen this film, but sounds interesting.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, reelrundown.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)