A Star Is Born
Starring Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliot
Directed by Bradley Cooper
A Star is Born presents a compelling narrative of love and depression through great storytelling and music. It begins strong, bringing audiences to an auditory delight that keeps getting better. The scenes and songs from start to mid-part stimulate euphoria through romance. It then ends on a sad and heavy note leaning toward the issue of mental illness and suicide. Overall it’s a fantastic film that’s extremely evocative; forcing tears and breaking hearts. Listening to Lady Gaga alone is reason enough to experience the movie. (4/5)
A Star is Born is a story well told. Its underdog-steals-the-spotlight narrative—a film premise which I always have an affinity for—goes beyond the discovery of a true talent. It explores the highs and lows of the music industry, following the journey of a struggling artist (Lady Gaga, on her first starring role) finally coming out of the shadows, and a seasoned musician’s (Bradley Cooper, on his directorial debut) crumbling career. The chemistry between the lovers is created by their desperate attempt to save one another, all this while carefully touching upon issues of alcoholism and substance abuse. The characters are fragile and formidable at the same time, delivering a strong sense of vulnerability. The film leaves a void in the viewers’ heart, as they come to accept this harsh truth: pardon the sentimentality, but the things that build us up are sometimes the ones that destroy us, too. This musical romantic drama almost feels like La La Land, and I am certain it will get just as much attention. (4.5/5)
This film is an emotional rollercoaster ride. The chemistry of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in this movie is undeniable. The two will make you smile, laugh, cry, and feel kilig all at once. There’s no doubt that Lady Gaga is an excellent musician, but considering that this is her first starring role, she did a great job. Aside from Gaga’s acting prowess, the biggest surprise here is this is also Cooper’s directorial debut. I haven’t seen the other A Star Is Born iterations, but by just reading about the previous films, Cooper’s version is a fresh take of the old material. Can’t wait to see more from him. Overall, I think the film deserves an Oscars nomination. If you’re not planning to watch this, you’re missing a lot, friend. (4.5/5)
Tita Stephanie and Tito Bradley are acting and directing stars, and deserve nila lahat ng attention they are getting.
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