A movie that has been remade for the fourth time! What’s so special?
A Star Is Born is produced and directed by Bradley Cooper, denoting his directorial debut. This film is the fourth remake of the ones that came out in 1937, 1954 and 1976 by the same name. The movie that came out in 1937 was loosely based on What Price Hollywood that came out in 1932.
The film is about a musician named, Jackson Maine, who is an alcoholic and a drug addict. He discovers a talented younger singer and falls for her.
A Star Is Born was one of those trailers of the year, which I liked instantly. I adore musicals, though, I am not a girl who loves romance so much as a genre, in fact, it is the one I prefer the least. This one is a musical treat after a long time! Last one, definitely being La La Land. I feel happy to say, I found this version to be the best of all! It could especially be plausible additionally in light of the fact that, this one’s gonna be “the one”, for our generation and we can connect to this music and setup much more in comparison to the older versions. You may have heard me whining about sequels or remakes, nonetheless, if it comes to movies like these, I am compelled to contradict to my own statement. I am happy that this has been remade!
First of all, the newest version of Maine has turned out to be my most favorite. They lay the required focus on the male lead, making it more acceptable as a viewer and dependably answering the questions one may have about the character. I was silently sympathizing with him inside my head. Cooper’s performance as Jackson Maine is nothing less of perfection! On the other hand, many avid fans of Lady Gaga must’ve been psyched upon seeing her. That wasn’t the case with me. I have hardly heard her songs. First of all, after having seen her and heard her in this film, I regret not having been a fan already. This role is that perfect for her. She has not played Ally, she has lived the character of Ally. She has given every reason for people to fall in love, not only with her character, but also, Gaga as an actor. (Nope, I haven’t seen her in American Horror Story) Both Cooper and Gaga are enthralling! I did not feel any scene with the two of them to be unnecessary or pointless. That is how love is! You can’t choose or plan to pick a specific inclination or feeling towards somebody in particular. It just happens. Their characters work so well not only individually, but also as a couple because the relationship looked so real!
There is nothing to say in regards to how great the music is! The movie starts with “Black Eyes” and there couldn’t have been a better song! Man! What do I say about this electrifying number! In the blink of an eye, I was tapping my foot to the throbbing beats. Another song by Cooper, “Alibi”, with a steady pulse, has been making me go crazy. The simplicity of “Maybe it’s time” is so effective with those beautiful lyrics. I don’t even have words to be able to appreciate Gaga’s songs! The moment, “Shallow” dropped as the first available single before the complete album released on October 5th, I had already gone crazy for her. That moment when she is nervous to death (at 02.27), and she raises the pitch, it is beyond phenomenal! Better give her the gold! I got goosebumps, even as I wrote it! All singles by Gaga, “Hair, Body, Face”, “Why Did You Do That”, make you love the feeling of being in love, a little more! “Always Remember Us This Way”, is another special one! Not just for the singing, also the way you see her perform it is eminent. Lady Gaga, why did you do that to me?
Though the core and the basic element of all the films remain the same, there are some minor changes that really have a good impact on the script overall. There are many odes to the previous versions as well, which make you smile even if you have / haven’t seen the other ones. Actually, if you have not seen any of the previous renditions, it is highly likely that you will enjoy this one more than I did. Another mention worthy aspect of the film was definitely the strong presence of Sam Elliott as Bobby in the supporting role. It has been written brilliantly and performed oh so wonderfully.
I found a continuity error at times, especially in the latter half and felt a little confused. Besides, my issue with the film is that it has been titled wrongly. This movie has definitely given birth to more than one star! 😁 Lady Gaga is a queen who definitely has an invisible crown. I will be the first one to be psyched the next time she gets a project! As for Cooper, the man can act, the man can sing, he can play the guitar (after training for 12 months), write songs, correctly choose the leading lady and most of all, he turned out to be such a fabulous director as well!
What makes A Star Is Born special is that, it is a captivating movie that has been made sincerely. It gives a new musical definition to love, touches your heart with the agony that is wrapped up in the glittering fame and popularity. It grows on you and is dignified to be an instant classic! A movie that’s truly music to your eyes and the music is truly quite a view!
A Star Is Born
*** ⛄️⛄️⛄️⛄️ ***
Andrew Dice Clay
Warner Bros. Pictures
Runtime: 2hr, 15min
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