A Star Is Born | Film Review

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

I’m typing this review after having spent the morning listening to the soundtrack and crying whilst doing uni work so bear with me, it might be all over the place. I decided to go watch it yesterday as I got back from uni. Not gonna lie, I was a bit hesitant to watch this film because of all the hype but I gave it a chance and now I’m glad I did.

The first half of the film was captivating and exciting and made me connect with the characters and the story. It was easy for me to get attached to them for different reasons; one of them being the brilliant performance offered by both Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Lady Gaga just shines and Bradley Cooper was great. I honestly think the performances, as well as the soundtrack (DAMN that soundtrack), are the strongest aspect of the film. I really think that I wouldn’t have felt the same about this movie without them acting on it. I was also happy to see Anthony Ramos because he was in the original cast of Hamilton but let’s not talk about that now, let’s go back to the movie.

I’ve said I deeply enjoyed the performances but I think the whole plot was just alright and predictable at times, the emotion is drawn from the dialogue. The second half of the film is what actually broke me, especially the ending, even if I saw it coming. I think that you either love or hate the ending. Maybe both? I understand why they decided to end it this way but it’s just frustrating. I guess it’s what they were looking for when making the film, so they did their job right, I guess. I did have a lump in my throat during the last song and THE cut didn’t make it easier, you’ll know what I’m talking about if you’ve seen the film, it was gorgeously done though, I have to admit that. I cried as soon as I got home.

Overall I think it’s a good movie, a sweet and sad melodrama, there are ups and downs throughout the whole film. There are thrilling moments but there are also some jokes here and there (greatly appreciated). It was Cooper’s debut as a director and I think he did a fantastic job. I also loved some of the quotes from the film, especially two, one given by Bradley Cooper and one by Dave Chappelle. So all I’m gonna say is this film moved me and I think it’s really worth watching. It's hard talking about it without making any spoilers but if you've seen it please get in touch or comment what are your thoughts on the film!

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