Movie Review – A Star is Born
Director: Bradley Cooper
The fourth iteration of one of the greatest love stories shown in cinema, “A Star is Born” with a directorial debut of Bradley Cooper, is a beautifully captured, evenly paced and incredibly acted musical that really makes its audiences connect with the characters in a delightful but moving ride.
Bradley Cooper, who is the male lead in the movie, plays the role of a fuzzy country rock performer Jackson Maine, who falls in love with a struggling artist Ally played by Lady Gaga.
Ally 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.
Gaga and Cooper collaborated on the soundtrack album with an assortment of country musicians, including Lukas Nelson, who also stars in the film as a member of Cooper’s band.
The movie works well in all domains, be it Cooper’s direction, his acting along with a talented supporting cast including Sam Elliott and Dave Chappelle, or Gaga’s surprisingly good performance in an avatar that we’ve never really seen before.
As an actress, Gaga may not yet possess the range she has as a singer, but with the help of editor Jay Cassidy, the film is shaped to make the most of her gifts, which Cooper has succeeded in making earthly convincing and lavishly, deliciously larger than life at the same time.
Watch the trailer below