Hey guys, it’s me. It’s been one week, I’ve seen A Star is Born twice, and GUESS WHAT? I’m not OK. It is really everything you’ve heard it was. I honestly don’t know where to begin with this review – I rarely write about movies on my blog, but I had to with this one. I was able to see the movie before it was released, which is something I’ll be ETERNALLY grateful for. Being that this is the fourth “remake” of this film, the public was concerned if this film would work and had their doubts if our leads could pull it off. Well, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga put all of those fears to rest a thousand times over. Music fans will love this movie, as you really feel like you’re in the middle of a concert.
If you’ve been around the blog long enough or have met me for five minutes, you’ll know I’m a full blown Little Monster. Obviously, I was going into this movie 100% biased. Although we know that Gaga has some serious acting chops from American Horror Story: Hotel, so many were so eager to see her performance in this role. And Gaga delivered. Her vocals, her acting, her screen presence, her vulnerability – everything about her performance was just stunning. If there was ever any debate if she had already established herself as a legend, this film puts that debate to rest. As a longtime fan, I couldn’t have felt more proud (which is so weird because I don’t even know her), but proud was what I felt. Proud and in awe. I mean, I was already in tears as she sang La Vie en Rose.
Bradley Cooper – I’m just, I’m truly at a loss for words. He was an entirely different person on that screen; not once did I ever feel like I was watching Bradley Cooper. And when you remember that in addition to starring in the film, he also directed, co-wrote and learned to sing for it! Incredible. Give Bradley all of the awards. Gaga and Cooper’s chemistry is off the charts. I also need to mention how much I loved seeing Shangela and Willam in this movie. ❤
So much of the film felt so real, so meta. When Gaga was starting out, she was told her nose was “too big”, just like her character Ally was told. Yet she went on to become a star. Bradley Cooper’s actual dog and ear doctor are in the film, as well. The film also touches on many topics that we are all too familiar with – love, heartbreak, insecurity, addiction, and much more.
THE SOUNDTRACK – Just WOW, this is not just your typical movie soundtrack – this is a full blown album and musical masterpiece. I would say to hold off as long as you can to listen to the soundtrack, as you’ll want to experience it full force while watching the movie. My favorites include I’ll Never Love Again, Is That Alright, and Heal Me.
DIGGING DEEPER: For those who have seen the film, definitely check out these two videos. For those who haven’t, spoilers lie ahead! I’ll say that the more you dig into this film, the more you’ll fall in love with it.
For behind the scenes facts:
To learn about each rendition of A Star Is Born:
In conclusion, go see this movie. You may want to bring a tissue. Have you seen it? Please let me know what you think!