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A Star Is Born

  • 2018
  • R
  • 135min
  • 89%
  • 8 / 10

Scaling the heights of stardom is never an easy feat, especially when it becomes a cauldron of repressed demons for a romantic partner. In this fourth iteration of the Hollywood classic, famous country star Jack discovers the prowess of Ally and begins a romance with the struggling singer-songwriter. However, their relationship is thrust into the rocks when one of them takes the path to prominence that overshadows the other’s spotlight.

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A Star Is Born had been in talks since the onset of 2002, with the lead roles initially chartered for Will Smith as Jack and Alicia Keys or Jennifer Lopez as Ally. Later that year, it was reported that Alicia Keys rejected the project because she did not want her first movie to portray a character that closely resembles her own. In 2011, the fourth version of A Star Is Born was still up for discussion. Hollywood megastar Clint Eastwood was set to direct the film, and Grammy Award-winning performer Beyoncé was reportedly slated for the lead cast along with Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Christian Bale, and Leonardo DiCaprio. But the timing couldn’t be more perfect for the seasoned queen of divas as she announced her pregnancy a month after her negotiation with Eastwood.

In 2014, after a long and winding series of delays, Cooper picked up the project as its producer and director. He also hired himself for the role of Jack. The part of Ally was still reserved for Beyoncé, but her talent at the time was already too high a price. The role, which was once clutched by Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland, and Barbra Streisand, finally landed in Gaga’s hand in 2016. Thanks to this Cooper-Gaga tandem, the film received countless of nominations from different award-giving bodies.

A Star Is Born movie review

When rumors of the fourth iteration of A Star is Born first circled the entertainment world, many film critics asked who needs another version of this sad love story, especially after how poor the 1976 remake from Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson was met. For a week upon the release of the third version, everyone was on about how it was only worth watching because Streisand’s singing is phenomenal. But minutes into the 2018 remake and your eyes and ears will be glued to the screen.

Lady Gaga’s rendition of La Vie En Rose and her on-screen chemistry with Bradley Cooper caught everyone off guard, despite Cooper’s poor imitation of a thick Southern drooling accent. No offense, it’s not like he acted bad. In fact, he played the part of a troubled famous artist really well, while Gaga couldn’t be more accurate on how she portrayed a rising star.

Not much can be said against Cooper’s directorial debut since he went modern and maximized the effects of today’s accepted techniques and got nominated to a number of magnificent awards for it. But what made everybody applaud this remake are these two elements: its moving soundtrack and its message about mental health. The songs and the scoring of the film have received numerous awards and nominations, especially Gaga’s original song “Shallow”.

Aside from Gaga’s immaculate performance of I’ll Never Love Again in the ending of the movie, the icing on the cake is how they tried to decrease the stigma against mental health problems, and how dangerous it can be if left untreated. Cooper’s acting and his sequences at the end are simple yet impactful. That ending is like the fourth remake in a capsule - you already know what’s coming, but you want to watch every second of it anyway.

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A Star Is Born (2018) is an American musical romantic drama film produced and directed by seven-time Oscar nominee and first-time director Bradley Cooper, who starred in the movies Silver Linings Playbook (2013) and American Sniper (2015), from a screenplay written by Eric Roth.

A remake of the 1937 film of the same name starring Janet Gaynor, this film features Cooper and singer-turned-actress Lady Gaga in the lead roles. The cast also includes stand-up comedians Dave Chappelle and Andrew Dice Clay, and Lifeguard (1976) star Sam Elliot. The film was budgeted at an estimated $40 million and earned a worldwide total of more than $400 million at the box office.