We often go to see a movie as a form of escapism or a reprieve from everyday life. Yet, when I saw the new A Star is Born with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, I thought, “Now this is art- a movie of real though sometimes raw substance.”
The credits at the end of the movie revealed that many of the songs had been written by each of them. Wow! A lot of real talent was involved in this piece and it is not only worth viewing a second time but should include the purchase of the soundtrack.
In A Star is Born, we are able to see a well-developed relationship between Jackson and Ally. We see them go through many of life’s ups and downs together and we unfortunately see them outgrow each other. It is all true of real life. People come into our lives for a reason and a season.
I will not spend time here rehashing the plot because I would not want to spoil anyone’s chances to witness these art forms at their best on the big screen. We know that it is a boy meets girl movie or shall I say husband meets wife.
The mere fact that both are musicians pushes the entertainment level up many notches. He’s a rocker doing his thing and her performances reminded me of a little bit of Janis Joplin and at other times, Carole King.
It is the first time that we see Lady Gaga’s (Ally) natural beauty. It made me wonder why stars adorn themselves where they are barely recognizable. I liked her in this role because we see get to see her. Bradley Cooper (Jackson) reveals sides of his character that haven’t been displayed in his other roles. Their chemistry is steamy and they take us on a memorable voyage.
In closing, I would say that even though we are imperfect beings, this movie shows how we are all interconnected and sometimes, it takes that certain someone to hoist us up and put us on our charted path!
Lynn M. October 8, 2018