The film follows Jack (Bradley Cooper), a famous musician and stage performer. One night after finishing one of his gigs, he demands his driver takes him to a bar where he continues to get drunk and enjoy the night. Here he finds a young female singer named Ally who impresses him with her outstanding performance. Jack decides to help the young female singer to find fame.
From this moment on, our two leads will deal with multiple challenges. Jack is a man struggling with alcoholism, and on the flip side, Ally will soon discover what life is like when the spotlight of fame shines brightly on her. No matter the challenges, the two seem to have so much in common, particularly in regards to the romance they share for one another.
For those who are not aware, this film is, in fact, a remake, making this the fourth time A Star Is Born has been made. I have not seen the previous movies, nor was I aware of the film’s storyline before seeing this film in cinemas. I deliberately went into my screening as blind to the details of the story to gain the most.
To put it down simply, A Star is Born brilliant, powerful, dramatic and yet incredible touching.
My favourite element of the film is the on-screen relationship between actors Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga. Both of these actors are 100% believable in the characters they play, as is the link the two share.
Another element is the film’s music and soundtrack, which I found to be rather delightful. During the screening of this film, I found myself tapping my foot to many tracks performed by both Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. I would imagine many people will be purchasing (or streaming) the motion picture soundtrack after viewing.
I would also like to point out that not only is Actor Bradley Cooper taking a lead role, but he is even sitting behind the camera as director. There are so many moments that are genuinely hard-hitting and powerful to see. Without giving film spoilers, this is all I can, I say. I will state that his directional work here is truly on point and impressed me.
I would also love to give a special mention to actor Sam Elliot who surprised me with an applaud worthy performance as a supporting actor.
Overall, A Star Is Born a film that hits many chords including outstanding acting performances, musical numbers and jaw-dropping dramatic (and tense) moments on screen. The less you know about the movie in advance, the better. Sure, some of the film’s themes can be hard-hitting, but rest assured there is nothing to regret here.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden