A STAR IS BORN - LADY GAGA & BRADLEY COOPER MESMERISE IN THE HEARTBREAK CLASSIC
This classic tale of turmoil has been pushed into this century, with Bradley Coopers exceptional debut as Director. This updated classic takes the audience on an emotional ride, fuelled by the epic soundtrack and live shots that put you right there with Gaga and Cooper, mastered perfectly with Coopers direction.
Gaga’s performance grows throughout the film, as Ally (Lady Gaga) gains more confidence, she relaxes into the role. Her vulnerability, intelligence and unique beauty are at the forefront of every scene, echoing Garlands performance back in the 1954 version.
Jackson (Bradley Cooper) is instantly likeable and allows the audience to connect with him and develop an understanding of his addiction and mental health; his subtle warnings to Ally as her fame grows and her label moulds her into something she doesn’t naturally fit.
As Jackson first meets Ally - in a Drag bar - the awkward tension is eased by the presence of Shangela and Willam (RuPauls Drag Race), and allows the characters to almost instantly click. The chemistry between Gaga and Cooper is so raw and believable, the first sound of ‘Shallows’ in a car park, has to go down in movie history.
Coopers modern masterpiece progresses and we see Jacksons decades of fame dwindle, as Ally’s takes on the world; the jealously soon turns to regret and undeniable adoration of his partner. Gaga’s character lacks a fight when it comes to being changed by her label, although she meekly pushes against not dying her hair silver and having backing dancers, the film could have allowed Ally to push back a little harder against the mainstream pop machine manager.
As she rises and he falls, we see Cooper slowly letting his addiction take over, while he is supportive of Ally, the cracks begin to show as his addiction purposely cuts her down, or as Bobby, (Sam Elliot) Jacksons brother states ‘Jackson has no one to blame but himself’. The beginning of act two looks mainly towards the end and it is weaker than the first half, but almost purposefully as it highlights the cracks that fame and addiction brings. As Jacksons addiction and mental health take hold it nearly takes Ally down with it, but she remains supportive of him, no matter the cost.
The remake stays modern by weaving social media, SNL and The Grammys throughout the plot, making the current version feel original and ready for 2018. This extraordinary piece of filmmaking is a career defining moment for Cooper and Gaga. As the final result of fame, love and addiction come full circle, the performances will hold you on the edge, before leaving you breathless.
Gaga effortlessly flicks from a down on her luck waitress to world famous super-star and reminds us just how unique her voice is. As whispers about Oscars season begin, with talk of best Director, Actor, Actress and Original song come to surface, ‘A Star Is Born’ really does save the best until last. The final scene and Ballad ‘I’ll Never Love Again’’, will leave you in awe, and will undoubtably sweep the Oscar.
A Star Is Born is out on October 3rd and is set to define cinema in 2018 and demand the attention of the next annual Academy Awards. This is a must see film and a truly remarkable work of art.