“A Star is Born” has been on my to-watch list since I saw the trailer. The movie is the fourth remake of the 1937 film and is quickly receiving wide acclaim from critics and celebrities.
In his directorial debut, Bradley Cooper stars as Jackson Maine, a famous country singer. Jackson meets Ally, an undiscovered singer played by Lady Gaga. Jackson helps launch Ally’s career as he suffers through his alcohol and drug addiction.
As the viewers get further into the film, Ally evolves and Jackson is seemingly crippled by his past demons. Cooper and Gaga present their characters in a way that is both tragic and beautiful, resulting in an ending that left me in tears.
For his first movie as director, Cooper performed phenomenally. Although previous remakes of the film put Ally as the lead, this recent remake keeps Jackson at the heart of the story. This supporting role gave me a unique view of Ally; I watched as she grew to love herself and honed her career as a professional singer.
Although Cooper has already proven his acting chops in several other films, this movie shows another side of his acting capabilities. Cooper went through extensive vocal training in order to prepare for the role. In an article with Vogue, Gaga recalled the first time she heard Cooper perform. According to Gaga, the actor has a tremendous voice.
“He sings from his gut, from the nectar! I knew instantly: This guy could play a rock star. And I don’t think there are a lot of people in Hollywood who can,” Gaga said. “That was the moment I knew this film could be something truly special.”
“A Star is Born” marks Lady Gaga’s first movie performance. While I had no doubt of her acting talent, she has blown me away with an emotional performance that has proven she is capable.
Cooper has openly praised the singer and actress throughout many interviews, talking about her dedication to the movie and saying it wouldn’t have been possible without her.
I am already planning to see this movie in theaters for the second time and I look forward to the DVD release date.
I rate this movie four and a half out of five stars.
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