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September 11, 2019

A Star is Born (2018) --- “We’re Far From The Shallows Now.”

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Hello, Movie Buffs!

     Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) is a famous country music singer privately battling alcohol and drug addiction. He is on the verge of giving up when one night at a drag bar he meets Ally (Lady Gaga) a struggling artist who has almost given up her dream of becoming a singer until Jackson coaxes her into the spotlight. From there, the pair go on tours, perform together, and even fall in love. But as Ally’s career begins to take off, the personal side of their relationship begins to break down as Jackson’s ongoing battle with addictions sets him on a downward spiral toward self-destruction. Can these two overcome their demons? Or are they too damaged to be fixed?
     Directed by Bradley Cooper (Bernstein) and co-written alongside Eric Roth (The Postman, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Will Fetters (The Lucky One, The Best of Me), A Star is Born (2018) is Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut and Lady Gaga’s (American Horror Story) first leading role. It is a romantic drama that delivers solid performances from Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga (American Horror Story), delivers incredibly powerful songs, and utilizes sharp direction from Cooper. In order to achieve these results and surpass audiences’ expectations, Cooper and his team not only had to stay close to the ideas of the original 1937 film featuring Janet Gaynor (7th Heaven) and Fredric March (The Best Years of Our Lives) but they also had to have reason to retell the story a third time. The story is heartbreaking, heartfelt drama that is surprisingly deeper than I expected. The story has been modernized and features plenty of life lessons about love, fame, and the dangerous nature of addictions, as a result, the audience goes on a journey that keeps them entrapped from beginning to end.
     The cast performances were solid. Bradley Cooper not only gives his best performance but also one of his most powerful performance to date. He makes you feel and sympathize with what his character is going through. Lady Gaga has always been known for being a versatile artist and her passion for acting. Now I have never been a fan of her work but her performance is absolutely breathtaking and her involvement with the soundtrack has already made history as a chart-topping bestseller. The chemistry between Cooper and Gaga is strong and you can feel their connection from their first scene together. They are accompanied by an incredible group of supporting characters, especially from Sam Elliot, who surprised me in his role as Bobby, and Andrew Dice Clay, who was funny and fitting Ally’s dad Lorenzo. 
     Overall, A Star is Born (2018) is a heartbreakingly heartfelt and romantic drama that is even better than its three predecessors. This is Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, his direction is sharp and far exceeds my expectations. Cooper and Lady Gaga give their best performances and their chemistry is strong from beginning to end. All in all, while I was a bit hesitant at first, after watching this film I can now see what makes it so great. I highly recommend that you check it out If you have not already.
Final Vote --- 7 of 10 stars

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