Review: A Star is Born
A Star is Born. It will pull at your heartstrings in more ways than you could imagine. The original film was produced in 1937 and starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. The movie was recreated again in 1976 starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, and, in 2018, was recreated once again with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Cooper co-wrote, produced, directed, acted, and sang in this movie, and with an 89% approval rate, it’s safe to say Cooper created the movie of a lifetime.
A Star is Born follows Ally Campana (played by Gaga), a waitress and singer-songwriter and Jackson Maine (played by Cooper), a famous country music singer battling a severe drug and alcohol addiction, as they cross paths, fall in love, create music together, and confide in each other regarding their own personal struggles.
Throughout the movie, subliminal messages are hidden inside regarding various topics ranging from being who you truly want to be, women's voices being heard in the music industry, and the tole substance abuse & mental health issues put on not only the individual suffering but for loved ones as well.
A Star is Born is a raw and heartbreaking depiction of the effect's that substance abuse can have on an individual. Warning, spoiler alert ahead...
After having an embarrassing accident at the Grammy’s and multiple outbursts of intoxicated anger, Jack decides to enter a rehabilitation program. Jack is in the programs for two months and discloses with a counselor that he had attempted suicide at the young age of 13. After returning home, Ally has a concert to play, but Jack insists that she go without him and he would meet up with her later. After Ally leaves, Jack commits suicide. This scene is heartbreaking in the sense that you can see that the demons inside his head took over and despite the love Ally showed to Jack, he ended his life. If there were ever a time where you questioned if true love was real, it was after that scene.
Sadness aside, this movie makes you want Gaga and Bradley to be lovers in real life, and some have even posed rumors about the two having a secret romantic relationship. I mean, come on, everyone has seen the 2019 Oscar’s Awards video of Gaga preforming “Shallow” and when Bradley scooches over next to her, all you can think is that these two are truly meant to me.
A movie that makes you laugh, cry, dance, and sing, A Star is Born deserves five out of five stars for its creative and moving story around issues of self-appreciation. If you haven’t checked it out already, grab a friend, a box of tissues, and a bottle of wine, you’re going to need them!