A Star Is Born Reviews
I knew there was something special about A Star Is Born.
Bradley Cooper's directorial debut is nothing short of movie magic, as it is a perfect mixture of the old "boy meets girl" type of love story, intertwined with a tragic backstory of mental illness and addiction.
Together, it creates a hypnotic two hours of film, that I can easily say is one of the best movies of the year.
The most undeniable piece of this puzzle that makes it perfect, is the chemistry between Cooper and Gaga. Although two very different people at stages in their lives, there is an instant electricity between the two of them , and when we get scenes with the two of them just getting to know one another or having a banter, you feel something as you watch it. Funny, as I was leaving the theatre a lot of people walking out were commenting on the fact they wish the two of them were dating in real life.
Cooper's Jackson Maine is easily the most personal and raw performance of his career. As he slips further and further into the disease of addiction, with his career and professional life starting to come into question, it's Gaga's Ally that steals the show. Frankly, I was stunned at how much of a knock out she is acting wise. Clearly a woman who lacks self confidence due to the people she has surrounded herself with, I felt Gaga channelling a lot of her own personal battles, as heard in interviews years prior, and I think that allows her to put a rock solid performance here.
When all is said and done, this movie will go down as one of the years best. The performances of Cooper and Gaga both deserve Oscar nominations, as well as for best song, best director and best picture.
You will laugh a lot, and you will cry a lot too so prepare yourself.
A Star Is Born deserves to be seen multiple times.
Grade : A