Director/co-writer Bradley Cooper’s plays a present-day country musician struggling with alcoholism in this remake of the 1937 film of the same name. As his star wanes, the music career of the insecure singer-songwriter who became his lover and stage partner (Lady Gaga) rises to stratospheric heights – a process that places a great strain on their relationship.~Augustine Chay
I am very happy with this 4k steelbook copy of A Star Is Born. This movie has instantly become one of my all time favorite movies. I would definitely recommend this movie and the steelbook edition. This is such a wonderful movie. Very moving and emotional. Good luck not shedding a tear after watching it.
This absolutely should have won best movie of the year. It’s a great movie all the way around. The soundtrack is amazing as well! I’m glad I decided on this SteelBook, the picture quality and sound are amazing!
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga electrify the screen in A Star Is Born from Warner Bros. Pictures. Cooper, who also directed and co-wrote the screenplay, stars as Jackson Maine, a talented but troubled musician nearing the end of his career due to his age and alcoholism. After a performance one night, Jackson decides to stop at bar for a drink, and little does Jackson know his life will change when he lays eyes on Ally (Lady Gaga).
A talented singer herself with some self-esteem issues, Ally is curious as to why Jackson is showing interest in her. However, with his charm, Jackson wins Ally over. Naturally, the two fall in love, and Jackson helps Ally make it in the troublesome world of the music industry.
The central plot of A Star Is Borins not a new one as this is the third remake of a 1937 classic. The story is that of a crumbling superstar whose career is beginning to crumble due to drinking finds himself when he meets a young and beautiful talent. In all honesty, the story was due for a remake; however, unlike some recent remakes, Cooper’s version gets it right.
From the moment Cooper takes the stage, I immediately saw Jackson the musician and not Bradley Cooper the actor. Throughout the film, Cooper takes us on a rollercoaster of emotions with his portrayal of Jackson. In terms of his directing, as a first timer, Cooper also does a fantastic job from his shot choices during the concert sequences to the subtle moments between Jackson and Ally.
While I have not heard that much of Lady Gaga’s music, I have to say she does a phenomenal job in her first lead acting role. Given Lady Gaga’s superstar status, a non-casual moviegoer may make the mistake thinking that Gaga did not need to do much acting as Ally. However, just as with Cooper’s role of Jackson, the moment Gaga appears on screen, I saw Ally and not Lady Gaga. Throughout the film we watch Ally grow from shy talented singer to global superstar.
Given that A Star Is Born is a musical, the soundtrack has to come to perfection, and while I am not normally into rock or country, I found myself nodding my head during numerous moments. The song “Shallow,” which is a key component in the film marketing campaign, is without a doubt going to be nominated come awards season, while the closing number the beautiful ballad “I’ll Never Love Again” just may become one of Lady Gaga’s signature songs.
The chemistry between Cooper’s Jackson and Gaga’s Ally is also one of my favorite aspects of the film. The two have a genuine love story, and I found myself rooting for the duo the entire film. In hindsight, the chemistry is so good, I did not have even notice that three of the other strong performers are given little screen time. Sam Elliott as Jackson’s brother/manager; Andrew Dice Clay as Lorenzo, Ally’s dad; and Dave Chappelle as Noodles, Jackson’s friend all shine in their limited roles.
The latest version of A Star Is Born succeeds not only as a beautiful love story but also as engaging musical. While I cannot say that A Star Is Born is the best movie for me of the fall season, I do highly recommend it.
My wife wanted to watch this one, so we picked it up for a movie night. I have to say that I was completely blown away by the talent shown in this flick. Cooper is a great actor, and was very believable as Jack... but what really surprised me was how good Lady Gaga was in this film. I knew she was talented as a singer, but that's obviously not the limits of her abilities and she sines in this movie. Sam Elliot... what more can you say about him that hasn't already been said? As Jack's brother Bobby, he nails this role. It seemed to me that Cooper deliberately spoke in a deeper voice to try and mimic Sam Elliot's natural tone, and there is a moment in the film where you realize that this not by mistake... because Jack looked up to Bobby and (figuratively and literally) stole his voice.
This movie is basically about the music industry and how 'stars' are made, but the underlying story about families, love, a sometimes cruel and imperfect world, addiction, and the rise to fame and subsequent fallout that can happen from that really hooked me. It's certainly worth the price of admission... or in this case, cost of the discs. I'm sure we'll watch this one again and again over the years.
Wow where can I start, this movie was truly a pleasant surprise Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga knock it out of the park, the acting and the emotion is truly top notch there are no wasted moments, the chemistry between Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga is uncanny, they truly carry this movie through and through the supporting cast also does an amazing job, there is so much heart and emotion in this movie also teaching you some life lessons along the way, it shows you that addiction is a horrible thing no matter what the addiction is,it also shows you how true love can be when you're fully committed and truly in love with someone.