Release Date: October 5
Budget/ Box-Office: $40M/ $357.6M
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliot,
If you’re a fan of musicals, you’re sure to like ‘A Star is Born’ for its mostly tasteful country and pop music. If not, you’re likely enjoy it for it’s terrific direction, cinematography and near-perfect acting. Whichever it is, you’re most likely to end the movie feeling all mushy than when you first started watching.
Thanks to American Horror Story, I’ve known, for a while, that Lady Gaga_s a decent actress. But in ‘A Star Is Born’, she takes this mostly new career of hers and marries it with music -which got her famous in the first place- and births us Ally.
Ally is a waitress. Her life’s a simple one. Go to work and perform at a drag bar on weekends. Everything changes when Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) strolls in one evening and watches her sing. He’s the male lead and she’s the female lead, it’s only natural they form a romance. But its the life they lead after they fall in love that forms the bulk of the story and its many conflicts.
Jackson Maine is a famous rock music star battling an alcohol and drug addiction. This demon of his is visible from the first time we see him and threatens to destroy him and everything he’s worked hard for. It’s the real reason for his falling out with his older, half brother, Bobby (Sam Elliot), who used to be his manager. It’s a demon he’s used to battling but recently, more than ever, it’s been getting stronger. In some sense, the demon wins, and even though its ascribed to be for the greater good, it doesn’t make it any less sad.
From its title, ‘A Star Is Born’ clearly announces Ally’s discovery and rise to stardom. But if you watch closely, you’ll see that it also announces the kind of love she and Jack share, and how rare it is to find such today.
No one said a love story should have a happy ending; tragedy is a real part of life, and ‘A Star Is Born’ doesn’t shy from that fact.
Bradley Cooper does a terrific job before and behind the camera. For a movie on its fourth remake, he finds new ways to make it refreshing. I’m not a fan of musical dramas, but this one got me hooked from start finish.
Directed by: Bradley Cooper
Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5