A Star is Born (2018)
Release Year: 2018
Director: Bradley Cooper
Writers: Eric Roth (screenplay), Bradley Cooper (screenplay), Will Fetters (screenplay), Moss Hart (based on his 1954 screenplay), John Gregory Dunne (based on his 1976 screenplay), Joan Didion (based on her 1976 screenplay), Frank Pierson (based on his 1876 screenplay), William Wellman (based on his story), Robert Carson (based on his story)
Starring: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay, Rafi Gavron, Anthony Ramos, Dave Chapelle
Rating: Won 1 Oscar: Best Original Song for “Shallow”. Nominated for 7 Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Actress (Lady Gaga), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Elliott), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing. Won 1 Golden Globe: Best Original Song for “Shallow”. Nominated for 4 Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Actor – Drama (Bradley Cooper), Best Actress – Drama (Lady Gaga).
A musician helps a young singer start her career as alcoholism puts a strain on their romantic relationship and his own career.
It had been 42 years since the last remake of a Star Is Born hit the silver screen, and since one usually comes around every 20 years, it was a bit overdue. This fourth version stars Bradley Cooper, who also writes and directs and showcases hitherto unknown musical talents, and Lady Gaga who is slowly emerging as quite an acting talent. The story is a classic one of an elderly and experienced man taking a young and talented woman under his wing with the inevitable romance ensuing. Luckily for us, both Cooper (American Sniper, 2014) and Gaga (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, 2014) are wonderful and their chemistry is palpable. Elliott (Hulk, 2003) is also strong as the struggling manager fighting to keep the increasingly unreliable musician going on the road. The music is absolutely great and the film is charming, especially the first half. Towards the end there seem to be a rush and some storylines are left hanging in air. Still it has a lot going for it, and many will doubtlessly find this a very enjoyable update of a familiar story.
Sam Elliott has said that when he accepted the part, Bradley Cooper admitted that he had already spent months with a dialect coach studying Elliott’s voice in order to base Jackson Maine’s voice on him.
Picture Copyright: Warner Bros.