A Star Is Born is timeless tale and has been told with different degrees of
success on three previous occasions. It first appeared on the big screen in
1937 and starred Fredric March and Janet Gaynor, it next appeared, in
perhaps it most famous incarnation, in 1954 and starred Judy Garland and
James Mason, for its third outing in 1976 Barbara Streisand and Kris
Kristofferson appeared in the leads.
Now Bradley Cooper brings the story up-to-date for a 21st
Most of the plaudits have went to Lady Gaga (Joanne Angelina Germanotta to
her family) for her dazzling performance as Ally, the waitress who is
plucked from obscurity by famous country singer Jackson Maine (Cooper) and
without doubt every great review and award that comes her way is greatly
deserved, however Coopers performance both as director and star shouldn’t
be underestimated and if he ends up being nominated in this year’s Oscars
for both best actor and director, I for one wouldn’t be surprised.
Gaga, who is no stranger to acting, she picked up a Golden Globe in 2016
for her performance in TV series American Horror Story, plays Ally a
talented but struggling musician, who between her job as a waitresses,
sings at a transvestite music venue. It’s during one of her performances that
she’s spotted by famous country singer Jackson Maine (Cooper).
Seeing great potential in Ally he takes her on as his prodigy and after one
of his concerts, where he takes her on stage, the footage goes viral and is
seen by music manager Rez (Rafi Gavron).
As Rez builds Ally’s career Maine’s influence starts to wane leading to
splits in the couple’s relationship.
A large part of A Star Is Born is about the music and it doesn’t
disappoint, Gaga as we all know can sing and she belts out some fantastic
tracks, but it’s not all about Gaga as Cooper more than holds his own and
proves that he has a fantastic singing voice.
The chemistry between the two leads pours off the screen, both are
fantastic in their roles and makes A Star Is Born an easy movie to highly