BAFTA: Best musical score
Critics’ Choice: Best actress Lady Gaga (tied with Glenn Close)
It’s a story that’s been told three times over in Hollywood history. First in the acting realm before permanently transitioning into the world of singing. Each time seems to bring about a new kind of charm that is partially owed to its tremendous starpower- last time it was Kristofferson and Streisand; this time Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga lend their faces and voices to the lead roles, breathing an entirely different kind of life into this seemingly familiar tale.
Fueled by strong performances and Cooper’s precise direction, A Star is Born is a moving (and tear-jerking) love story by way of showbiz melodrama.
Cooper’s passionate, thoughtful directorial debut is beautifully acted and fabulously shot, making it the best cinematic version to date of this heartbreaking story.
Common Sense Media
Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers – and falls in love with – struggling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer until Jackson coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jackson fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.
This film aims to separate itself from other love stories using its music and the chemistry of its leads, both of which are good. Bradley Cooper shows off his acting chops and surprisingly decent singing voice, while Lady Gaga shows off her singing voice and surprisingly decent acting chops. Even though the story is poorly paced, it’s a good love story. The film also serves as a lesson on addiction, not only to drugs and alcohol but to the approval of others.
USA 2018, 135 min, rated M (suicide, offensive language, drug & sex scenes)
Directed by Bradley Cooper
Starring Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle, Anthony Ramos & Michael Harney