‘A Star is Born’ Review:

Alright, I finally got around to seeing the movie that everyone’s 45 year old mom is raving about; ‘A Star is Born’.  This was a movie that I’ve known was coming out for months and I wanted to fucking hate it.  Not that I have anything against the actors or anything, but literally every single movie that I saw in theaters the past few months has had the trailer for this movie.  So I was already feeling fatigued from it; but me and the CIgs Indoors boys (Bj and Cmac) just had to go see it, after all the rave reviews.  And I must say, it did not disappoint.

In the third remake of this film, it is being highly touted as the best, and for good reason.  Bradley Cooper(Silver Linings Playbook) knocks it out of the park in his directorial debut and is most likely the front-runner right now for best actor at the Oscars.  This was a movie that going in I did not really know what to expect.  I thought it was going to be a cheesy manipulative love story that was going to be riddled with cliches.  But Cooper takes it in a direction where you connect with his character Jackson Maine and Lady Gaga’s character Ally.  You understand both of their struggles and are rooting for them throughout the movie.

As a man who is not crazy about musicals or movies revolving around music — it’s not that.  Although there is music in the movie, it doesn’t solely focus on that; it’s used in a way that helps drive the story along.  A lot of the movie focuses on Cooper’s characters’ struggle with alcoholism and pill-addiction.  And does so in a very realistic way where you don’t feel that his character isn’t irredeemable and makes you empathize with his struggle.  By the end of the movie you’re going to have that lump in your throat thinking that somebody is cutting onions in the theater.

In movies like this you want to keep the audience’s attention and I think the pacing of the movie did just that. It’s pacing was done very well and never feels like it’s dragging at any point.  The music in this movie is obviously great which doesn’t have to be said.  Gaga and Cooper both sang extremely well.  The performances are also great; Cooper lowered his voice a whole octave for this movie, which is incredible, but Lady Gaga’s performance was great too.  My only complaint is that I don’t think Gaga was that great during the emotional scenes towards the end.  It didn’t take away from the ending, but I thought they could have done a better job connecting her character and Cooper’s character.  And in the little screen time that Sam Elliot had, he knocked it out of the park and steals every scene that he’s in.

Overall I highly recommend going to see this movie and giving it a shot.  It’s an early best picture contender, and is going to be nominated for many things come awards season.  ‘A Star is Born’ is Cigs Indoors approved and I give this movie a 92/100.  Is it the best movie I’ve seen in years? No — but it’s one of the best of 2018 and that should be enough to go see it.

Bonus:

Also if you like dogs, you’ll love this movie.  Bradley Cooper used his actual dog in this movie and it’s a great dog.

 

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