A Star is Born and all the images you see in this review are owned by Warner Bros Pictures
Directed by Bradley Cooper
Let’s see… a remake of a classic film, the directorial debut of a respected actor, and it’s about the entertainment industry. Are we sure they can’t squeeze in World War II to make this finely engineered Oscar Bait in all of existence? Now Oscar Season has always been a bit of nebulous term as there are a lot of films throughout the year that manage to maintain prestige buzz all the way to voting time (*cough* Get Out *cough*), but there’s no denying that this time of year is chock full of films hoping to be contenders; especially this one!
The movie follows Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) who is an aging country rock star (think Bruce Springsteen or Florida Georgia Line) that likes to drink hard, take pills, and try to pretend he isn’t developing a severe case of Tinnitus. After one of his shows and three fourths of a bottle of whisky, he randomly stumbles into a bar and sees Ally (Lady Gaga) performing one of her sets. Now it could just be the booze talking or she could be THE GREATEST SINGER OF ALL TIME, but either way he has to meet her and try to get her to date him. Oh, and ALSO he’ll help her get a career, but he’ll cross that bridge when they get to it; which is after the dating bridge. ANYWAY, they spend some time together, party hard at a few bars, and eventually he takes her on tour with him (which is managed by Jackson’s brother played by Sam Elliott) to sing her songs among other things. Eventually she catches the eye of a manager (Rafi Gavron) and suddenly her success isn’t dependent on Jackson which I guess just gives him more time to drink heavily even if it’s obviously a problem for everyone around him, including her. Will Ally live out her dreams and become the next great pop sensation? How long can Jackson function like this without destroying everything and everyone around him? How the heck are they successful in TODAY’S music climate!? There’s not a single sick drop in any of their songs!