Review: A Star Is Born

In a cinematic landscape that is crowded with reboots and remakes, there are few that measure up. A Star Is Born is the latest remake to make an impact on a bored landscape. Marking the directorial debut of Bradley Cooper, as well as a starring vehicle for Lada Gaga, the film impresses. While some reviews have claimed that the story is a tired one, it is and it I supposed to be.

The story is simplistic but takes a different character turns for some of the leads. You have an obviously talented singer-songwriter and a fading star musician. One begins growing in her field, through the help of the man she loves. Of course, her star begins to brighten and his begins to dim. This is the fourth remake of this film so there is only so far you can go.

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However, the interpersonal dynamics manage to take you deeper into their relationship. Is it a harmful relationship? Some can say that. However, there is some love between him. Jack (Cooper) was definitely smitten with Ally (Gaga) from the moment he met her. Their relationship was a bit unhealthy due to Jack’s persistent abuse of alcohol and drugs. Ally had this pension for needing people’s approval, including Jack’s. However, she became stronger during the course of the film, while Jack fell victim to his growing insecurities and addiction.

A profound remake in a sea of drivel

The performances by all the actors was astounding. Sam Elliott’s turn as Jack’s brother was painful. He had that tough love aspect that only Elliott could deliver. Andrew Dice Clay’s turn as Ally’s father was a masterstroke of subtly onscreen charisma. Dave Chappelle’s surprise appearance as ‘Noodles’ was the perfect vessel to portray the inner thoughts of Jack, bringing him to his senses.

Matthew Libatique’s cinematography was perfection. The shots were framed in such a way to show the beauty of life on the road, but the disjointed, klusterfuck of life at home. Shots were taken slow and allowed time for the actor’s to take in the scene and emotions run naturally. Credit has to be given to Jay Cassidy for his editing that didn’t quick cut to hasten the pace of the film. It moved at a magical pace to allow the actors and scenes to breathe.

While some people will compare it to one of its many incarnations, the movie is told for a brand new generation of audiences. The soundtrack of the film was captivating and inspiring for the audience. It is important to watch this movie, not to compare it to the previous version. Simply to watch a good movie that can move you and captivate you, and forget its rather long running time.

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