A Star is Born, and reborn, and reborn again

16 Octobre, 2018, 20:58 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • A Star is Born, and reborn, and reborn again

Like any good Tuesday night, I neglected my midterm prep to hop in a friend's shockingly green Chevy Spark and drive on over to New Haven's Bow Tie Criterion Cinema.

Cooper's A Star Is Born is tragic without being melodramatic, romantic without losing the sight of the hopelessness of the situation and magically musical without ignoring the evolution and dissolution of relationships. And yes, I left the theater in half sobs and with a spool of snot stretching between my nostril and collar bone. I've heard Gaga's momentous wail at least 50 times over the past two weeks, and it still elicits goosebumps.

According to the profile, Gaga at one point believed her label didn't think she was pretty enough, and one day at the Beauty Bar in NY, she told friend Brendan Sullivan, also known as DJ VH1: "I'm getting a nose job".

Image from Warner Bros. He's an alcoholic junkie who stumbles into a drag bar, hoping to get some liquor in his system but instead is mesmerised by the voice of Ally (played by Lady Gaga), a struggling artist who is immensely talented. Before the 2018 re-telling that featured Cooper and Lady Gaga, it was remade more than 40 years ago with the same title, and starred Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand.

Lisa Wilkinson sat down to chat with Bradley Cooper in NY ahead of the premiere of his directorial debut, "A Star Is Born".

Apart from that, I felt a little tricked.

Singer-actress Lady Gaga has learnt a lot while working with actor-director Bradley Cooper, and says it has changed her life. When Ally performs in front of a crowd of thousands for the first time, she's anxious and afraid. As Ally's star rises, Jackson's begins to fade away, while alcoholism and relationship drama ensue. Early moments in the movie reminded me of the romance plots of '90s teen hits: boy asks girl on date. She says no. 15 asks later, she says yes. The Yes delegitimizes all former Nos. But Jackson sees something special in Ally as both a person and performer, and won't let her back down from realizing her potential. "And it's meeting Jackson, or Jack, as she calls him in the film, it's his love for her and his belief in her that gives her wings to fly".

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There is such a thing as an anti-hero, and Bradley Cooper's character is meant to be flawed - very flawed.

As Jackson Maine, country music rock star, Bradley certainly has the tunes here to paint him as such. Her voice is outstanding, as always.

"There can be a 100 people in the room and 99 don't believe in you", she has stated multiple times in press interviews for the film, "And you just need one to believe in you, and that was him". But the tension is not brought about by a clash between the two characters' personalities. Above Ally's bed in her room is a framed vinyl record of none other than Carole King's "Tapestry".

The movie, for the most part, is enjoyable.

For Cooper, that scene in the bathroom was the hardest one from the whole movie to shoot.

Although Grammy-winning pop star Lady Gaga had only limited acting experience from her Golden Globe winning turn in the TV series American Horror Story: Hotel, he was sure she could play the role and went to the 32-year-old's home to convince her. In the film, this process is reflected in the transformation of Ally's music from raw piano balladry to glossy electronic pop, of the kind Gaga used to make.

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