Movie review: A Star is Born

By Sydney Nelson

If you haven’t already seen this film, you better get yourself to the movie theater ASAP.

About a week and a half ago, I began to hear a whole bunch of buzz about this film called “A Star is Born,” but of course I wasn’t aware of the plot of the film nor was I aware of what all the hype was about. Seconds into the movie, I instantly knew what all the hype was about.

If you don’t already know, this movie follows the love story of a famous musician Jack, played by Bradley Cooper, and struggling musician Ally, played by Lady Gaga. The two meet at a nightclub that Ally performs at weekly, and from there Jack brings her into the spotlight. By the end of the film, Ally has become a huge pop star, all thanks to Jack. All while this occurring, viewers are simultaneously following the story of Jack’s substance abuse.

I can’t say that many films have given me the chills, but this one gave them to me BIG time. In the opening scene, with Jack playing the guitar, I was instantly captivated and all ears for the rest of the film. There is no other way to describe the music as anything but incredible. (My personal favorites are “Shallow,” “Always Remember Us This Way,” and “I’ll Never Love Again.”)

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The lyrics, sound quality, and the connection between Gaga and Cooper, while they are performing together, is truly inspiring. And the most shocking part is that Cooper is actually singing all the songs performed in the movie. Who had any idea that he even sang, let alone had such an amazing voice?

Another one of the best parts of the movie is that Lady Gaga flaunts a completely natural look for the majority of it. Dark brown hair, very minimal makeup, and simple clothes. She looks flawless. The movie makes you question why she ever went platinum blonde in the first place.

After viewing, I went back home and watched countless interviews of Cooper and Gaga talking about the film, because I was still so engulfed in the whole plot of the film. Hearing the two of them speak about their project, adds a whole other level to the film. I highly recommend watching Lady Gaga’s interview with Stephen Colbert and Bradley Cooper’s interview with Ellen, if you find yourself wanting to know more after the movie ends.

Overall, this movie takes you on an amazing journey. For the majority of the film, I was beaming from ear to ear, so eager to watch their love story grow. By the end of the film, I was in tears (and I don’t cry often in movies.) In fact, I can’t remember the last time I cried in the movie theater.

Definitely one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while. So much so, that I am already dying to see it again.