Film review by Steve Duffy –
In this new take on the tragic love story, Bradley Cooper plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers–and falls in love with–struggling artist Ally (Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer… until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.
Yes, A Star Is Born is a remake that has been remade over the years. The original was released back in 1937 starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. This iteration leans more towards the 1976 version starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.
Not only does Cooper deliver an awarding winning performance as Maine, he directed the movie and co-wrote the script with Will Fetters and Eric Roth.
There are no questions that Lady Gaga can sing, but can she act? Oh yes, and she commands your attention while she does it. Their onscreen chemistry is on fire. They are truly the soul of this film.
Even with limited screen time, both Sam Elliott and Andrew Dice Clay deliver meaningful performances that expand the emotions of the storyline.
The music in the film is perfectly wrapped in a package that A Star Is Born delivers. The songs will be able to stand on their own outside of the film. Cooper’s grizzly sounding voice balances Lady Gaga’s powerful vocals.
A Star Is Born is the film that you didn’t know that you needed. It will tug at heartstrings and stir your emotions. Bravo to both Cooper and Lady Gaga for giving us this film.
RATTING: R for language throughout, some sexuality/nudity and substance abuse
RUNTIME: 135 mins