A Star Is Born ★★★★½

All an artist can offer the world is how they see those 12 notes. That's it

First time watch: October 2019
Source: Blu Ray

A Star is Born returns for a fourth time as this 2018 iteration follows in the footsteps of the 1976 version by focusing on the music industry but the plot is now the furthest it has been from the original 1937 movie. A shadow of the core narrative remains but much has developed and changed over the passing decades as Bradley Cooper directs and stars alongside Lady Gaga.

What still exists of the original plot is the study of a broken man but it has never been this raw as the plot dives deep into the roots of alcoholism. The focus is less on his descending career and places the emphasis on the tragedy caused by troubles going back to his childhood. Bradley Cooper as Jackson Maine is convincing in his portrayal of a desperate alcoholic torn between his love for Alley and the hindrance he causes her by staying.

Adding flawless direction and authentic vocals to his list of abilities Cooper showcases himself as a true talent but consequently overshadows Lady Gaga on the acting front. Gaga instead carries herself with powerful singing as the music is the best it has been. The dialogue and scenes feel natural as Cooper and Gaga explore an evidently electric chemistry in the dark tones.

Considering all of the of the pre production problems A Star is Born 2018 carries a heavy emotional weight to heartbreaking effect in a fresh new assured take.

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