I asked for a review copy so that my husband could see the movie. I had no interest. Also, we have never seen any of the previous iterations of this movie.
Then Bradley Cooper started acting, the scene was a drag bar, and Lady Gaga sang a French song. I was hooked, and that never changed. We were mesmerized for the next almost two hours. You have to own this movie!
In “A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga fuse their considerable talents to depict the raw and passionate tale of Jack and Ally, two artistic souls coming together, on stage and in life. Theirs is a complex journey through the beauty and the heartbreak of a relationship struggling to survive.
In this new take on the iconic love story, four-time Oscar nominee Cooper (“American Sniper,” “American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”), makes his directorial debut, and also stars alongside multiple award-winning, Oscar-nominated music superstar Gaga in her first leading role in a major motion picture. Cooper portrays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally. She has given up on her dream to become a successful singer, until she meets Jack, who immediately sees her natural talent.
I remember when Bradley Cooper barely had a supporting role on “Alias” with Jennifer Garner. He has proven time and again what a terrific actor he is, and he was amazing in this role. And as much as I enjoy Lady Gaga’s music, I had goosebumps every time she sang on screen. Those are the two biggest reasons why this is a must own movie!
The film also stars Andrew Dice Clay (“Blue Jasmine”), with Dave Chappelle (“Ch-Raq”) and Sam Elliott, whose nearly 50-year career includes standout performances in such films as “Mask,” “Tombstone” and, most recently, “The Hero.”
He was a racy comedian back in the day, but in this movie Andrew Dice Clay is a proud and loving dad. And Sam Elliott was wonderful as the big brother.
In addition to playing Ally, Gaga—who earned an Oscar nod for the song “Till It Happens to You” from the film “The Hunting Ground”—performs original songs in the film with Cooper, which they wrote with a handful of artists, including Lukas Nelson, Jason Isbell and Mark Ronson. The music is original and all vocals for the movie were recorded live during filming.
The music is wonderful. Who knew Bradley Cooper could sang like that? And again, Lady Gaga’s singing gives me goosebumps, she is fantastic! And while the end is predictable, without spoilers, they still managed to pull at my heart strings!
“A Star Is Born” was produced by Bill Gerber, Jon Peters, Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips and Lynette Howell Taylor. Ravi Mehta, Basil Iwanyk, Niija Kuykendall, Sue Kroll, Michael Rapino and Heather Parry served as executive producers. The screenplay was written by Oscar winner Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump”) and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters.
For more information and where to buy the movie, click A Star is Born! It is available to own now on Digital, and Blu-ray on February 19, 2019!
Disclosure: We received the Blu-ray for review. All opinions are 100% honest and our own.
And I managed to find a celebrity picture! Sam Elliott!