A Star Is Born: The Best Version Yet!

a star is bornBy: Dream Nelson

The heart-throb movie of the year hands down goes to A Star is Born. This amazing work of ar is directed by Bradley Cooper who also happens to play the lead role of Jackson Maine.this movie has been remade 3 times since the original version came out in 1937 and the latest version is set to win in the upcoming Oscars. It tells the story of an aspiring singer, Ally (played by Lady Gaga), who’s ready to give up on her dream and just live the average life. The fading rock star, Jackson Maine (played by Bradley Cooper) discovers her and instantly falls in love. Though the movie revolves around the relationship they develop there are huge undertones about depression, substance abuse, and broken families. The male lead, Jackson, struggles with his inner demons, but can’t help falling for Ally. He uses his addiction to pills and booze to cope with the loss of his father and failing fame. Throughout the movie Ally beings to rise as he begins to fall to his end. Compared to other movies, the most recent version of this movie truly conveys the realities of people struggling with depression. In the 1976 version of this movie, starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, the male lead, John Norman Howard, is considered to be prissy and doesn’t really show what it’s like to fall from the top. This compared to Bradley Cooper who shows realistic emotion in his role. That’s one of the reasons this remake hits its audience so abruptly. It’s so different from the other in the sense that the tone is more dooming that uplifting.

This beautiful, yet tragic movie has critics like Owen Gleiberman at the Variety raving that  A Star Is Born is, “A total emotional knockout, but it’s also a movie that gets you to believe, at every step, in the complicated rapture of the story it’s telling,” and Monahla Dargia at the New York Times saying, “wrings tears from its romance and thrills from a steadfast belief in old-fashioned, big-feeling cinema,”. Not to mention the music in this movie is phenomenal. The hit song ‘Shallow’ from the soundtrack of this movie is on its 5th week of Billboards top 100 and is rising up to be Lady Gaga’s most popular song.  I 10/10 recommend seeing this movie especially if you’re looking for a good cry. After watching their journey, I’m sure not one dry eye was left in the audience.

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