Film Review: Tragic love story, talented leads make for an enchanting musical

In A Star is Born, eclectic pop star Lady Gaga and well-known actor Bradley Cooper team up to star in a movie that focuses on love and music. The compelling film has shocked audiences as the musician and actor demonstrate impressive talents.

 Gaga’s incredible acting and Cooper’s hidden musical talent work together so the film can both emotionally inspire and crush viewers. Stealing an around 90 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this is one movie you won’t want to miss. 

A Star Is Born originally debuted in 1937 and was famously remade with Judy Garland in 1954 and Barbara Streisand in 1976. Now in 2018, another version directed by Cooper was shared with the world. 

The film focuses on a troubled musician named Jackson Maine—played by Cooper—who falls in love with the aspiring star Ally—played by Lady Gaga. Ally and Jackson meet when Jack stumbles into a drag bar searching for booze and stays to watch Ally’s enchanting performance. From that point on, Jackson helplessly falls in love with her. 

Once Jackson and Ally escalate their affections, the two take on the world together—Jackson performs to packed arenas while Ally nurses her own growing career. The actors share a chemistry that makes viewers truly believe the pair were meant to be, no matter how complicated their relationship becomes. 

Despite this chemistry, the pair is not without conflicts or issues. Jackson’s alcoholism and drug problems especially tests his bond with Ally in one scene where they lash out at each other’s deepest insecurities before Jackson crosses a line. Scenes like this make the movie raw and real—not like a perfect Hollywood love story. The scene is upsetting, but it adds cinematic value to the movie that viewers can’t forget. 

Their love story is one for the books, but unfortunately hurts viewers more than most love stories on the big screen. The film, which runs for around two hours, feels like it should be longer even though the story ends conclusively. It draws audiences in and holds their attention long after the movie is over.

A Star Is Born is a refreshing movie filled with love, heartbreak, success and defeat. It will surely spark many emotions from viewers and easily brings out the waterworks toward the end of the movie, especially when Lady Gaga sings her final song.

The soundtrack will extract nearly as many feelings as the film does. It starts with more hopeful songs and ends with a heartbreaking ode to love and loss, just like the plot. 

While it is a longer, more intense movie, it is worth seeing at least once in your lifetime. Cooper and Lady Gaga both outdo themselves with their acting and musical abilities. 

The duo is clearly a match made in cinema heaven, and hopefully this won’t be the last we hear of Cooper singing or Gaga acting in films.