A Star is Born
This is the fourth remake of this movie and by far the best. Movie chemistry is a term that is thrown around loosely these days and Lady Gaga (Ally) and Bradley Cooper (Jackson Maine) have probably the most honest, intense, and magical chemistry together that I have seen in a long time! In fact, I am predicting several Oscar nominations here as this rendition is that good!
This film also marks the very successful directorial debut of Bradley Cooper and I see nothing but future success for him in that role too!
If you are not familiar with the storyline, Ally is a struggling local singer who works as a server in a dead end job when famous musician Maine enters her life haphazardly by stumbling into a bar one night and hearing her perform. By the way, her performance of La Vie En Rose is one of the best you will hear anywhere!
They spend all night talking about life, songwriting, etc.. and thus begins their torrid relationship in which Ally gets her big break through Maine. The relationship through all its ups and downs is played to perfection by the duo as the viewer feels all of the ups for Ally and the downs of Maine and every moment is beautifully choreographed and synched to the amazing soundtrack.
Also of note is the supporting performances of Andrew Dice Clay (Lorenzo, Ally’s father), Sam Elliot (Maine’s brother Bobby, and Dave Chapelle (as Maine’s friend George “Noodles” Stone.) Cooper did a masterful job at arranging this cast as everyone plays off each other very well and it simply looks and feels “real.”
There are two poignant points in the film that I will note… You WILL get chills the first time Ally gets on stage with Maine and you WILL cry at Ally’s last song. This is a fantastic film and I will be cheering for it come Oscar season!