A Star is Born: Best Version Yet!

By: Dream Nelson

a star is born

The heart-throb movie of the year hands down goes to A Star is Born. This amazing cinematic work of art is directed by Bradley Cooper, who also happens to play the lead role of Jackson Maine. This movie has been remade three times since the original version came out in 1937, and this  newest version is set to win in the upcoming Oscars.

The film tells the story of an aspiring singer, Ally (played by Lady Gaga), who’s ready to give up on her dream of singing and just live an average life. The fading rock star, Jackson Maine (played by Bradley Cooper) discovers her and instantly falls in love. Although 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 — he uses his addiction to pills and booze to cope with the loss of his father and failing fame. He also can’t help but fall for Ally. 

Throughout the movie, Ally beings to rise as Jackson begins to fall to his end. Compared to the other movies, the most recent version of this movie truly conveys the realities of people struggling with depression. In the 1976 version 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 version allows Cooper to show realistic emotion in his role. That’s one of the reasons this remake hits its audience so suddenly–it’s so different from the others in the sense that the tone is more doom-laden than uplifting.

The music in this movie is phenomenal. The hit song ‘Shallow’ from the soundtrack of this movie is on its fifth week of Billboards top 100 and is rising up to be Lady Gaga’s most popular song.  

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.” Monahla Dargia at the New York Times said that the film, “wrings tears from its romance and thrills from a steadfast belief in old-fashioned, big-feeling cinema.” I 10/10 agree with both critics and recommend seeing this movie, especially if you’re looking for a good cry. After watching the journey of Ally and Jackson, I’m sure not one dry eye will be left in the audience.

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