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Beautiful, Raw, & Enigmatic | Review of ‘A Star Is Born’ (2018 film)


By Cynthia Bujnicki

A Star is Born starring Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle & Sam Elliott
Warner Bros. Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“A musician helps a young singer find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his career into a downward spiral.” —IMDB

Who knew that Lady Gaga was multi-talented? Oh, wait, all of us who are her fans we already knew this. What is so amazing about this movie is the fact that it is the 4th remake of this title, but it does not feel overdrawn or overrated.

A Star is Born is ultimately a very heartbreaking story about one man’s struggle with addiction while his wife rises and fame. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga make a dynamic duo in this film. They have the perfect chemistry the perfect vocals and the talent to make this film shine. Honestly, their performances are so outstanding that it makes the film such a wonder to see on the big screen. Especially Bradley Cooper who can channel the pain his character has with his struggle with addiction. Of course, there is also Lady Gaga who has not only the vocals for the role but also the ability to carry the role the ability to act so amazingly.

It is so starting to see Lady Gaga and to see just how talented she is. However, it is even more stunning to see her without the wigs and the makeup. She is almost like a different person, and she is just amazing. We can only hope to see more Lady Gaga on the big screen and the small screen because she offers viewers such strong emotional performances.

Now I have not seen the first three iterations of this title. However, if you look them up, you’ll find that they are all pretty much the same base plot following a talented woman who falls in love with a man who is already starting the struggles and addiction and helps her on the road to stardom. However, what makes this film so great is the power behind the story. Everyone behind the film the director of the screenwriters they understood, in essence, the story, but they did not just make it as a direct copy. They switched things up here and there, changed a few things, and they did it for emotional response. So many of the scenes they are not crude but emotional, and they are raw and in essence captivating.

It is easy to criticize this movie to say that a man’s dream drives Lady Gaga’s role. However, that is not the case. There are a few reviews and articles that criticize the definition of the film where it is all about the man, but it is not it is not about the man. It is about the struggle of stardom, the struggle of relationships and the struggle with addiction and living. Life is a struggle, and here two characters start the same way who have the same lifestyle, but they live out their lives differently. Lady Gaga’s character takes it all in and breathes it in, but she does not let herself drown in it, unlike Bradley Cooper’s character. All he does is drown in it he drowns, letting it overwhelm him, and in essence, kills himself slowly. There’s such power behind this message that even though life is a struggle even though life can be challenging there is so much to live for, to strive for and to love in life.

God A Star is Born as such a fantastic movie. It has a fantastic musicality to it powerful songwriting behind it and amazing acting to gravitate the audience to Captivate them and keep them in their seats. This is the movie that is hands-down perfection.

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—Film Credits—

Directed by Bradley Cooper

Screenplay by    Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters

Based on A Star Is Born by William A. Wellman, Robert Carson, Dorothy Parker & Alan Campbell

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle & Sam Elliott

Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures

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