A Star is Born (2018)
A Star Is Born (2018) movie review
A Star Is Born follows an alcoholic country star at the height of fame who falls in love with a singer/songwriter who begins to grow in fame after being put on stage during a concert. Directed by Bradley Cooper and starting Cooper and Lady Gaga, The film is the fourth iteration of the story, but in total honesty, the first I have seen of those four… But hey, it’s great! (He said almost a month after seeing it…)
Now I don’t like to throw around the word ‘Oscars’ like it was going out of style, but- Nah I say that all the time! And I’m saying it some more, because Star Is Born is going to win all the Oscars. The dialogue is sharp, memorable, and realistic; the cinematography is strong and fittingly stylish, and the editing is perfectly unique, forcing you to sit up and pay attention when it wants to tell you something. Topping off the quality, it is apparent that Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper helmed this project, because they are both fantastic! Like Eminem before her, Lady Gaga shows how far having a singer who can act can take a movie about music, while Cooper turns in one of his career best performances, proving that actors can learn to play guitar and sing like the pros almost flawlessly, while managing to add brilliant layers to the character through subtle moments in his performance. And speaking of subtlety, Sam Elliot kills it in this film, in what might be his best performance as far as emotional range goes.
But if you really want to know what Makes Star is Born so great, look no further than the soundtrack. While the music itself is pretty fantastic and deserves all the attention and future Oscars, the way the music works around the you stories and characters is surprisingly deep. Almost as if it were a musical, the writing in the songs performed by Cooper and Lady Gaga show where their respective characters are in their story arcs. Since the arcs are so perfectly polar, this means that not only do you get a very unique love story, but you get essentially two stories to follow as they struggle to resolve themselves contrasting the other.
Honestly, there wasn’t much I didn’t like about this film! While it does feel a little longer than it is, it never drags, and I wouldn’t cut anything; and while it is an emotional movie to get through, the gradual progression in the tone makes it incredibly compelling, no matter what emotion you are feeling at the time. Honestly though, I just didn’t love it as much as everyone else, and I don’t think that’s anything at fault with the movie. There are people this movie will hit harder than me in many ways, and for those, it deserves the high praise it has received.
So if you want a movie that has the quality of a 2018/19 Best Picture winner with an A-Game Lady Gaga, and A-Game Bradley Cooper, great music, enough story, heart, and emotion for two movies, and a meaningful story that never gets pushy or sets out to tell a message, but manages to hit you anyway, go see A Star is Born if you haven’t! And if you just don’t want those things because you’d rather have the opposite of this, like just a dumb action movie with no style or substance, I think Venom is still playing. 8/10