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A Star is Born surrounds Southern, rock star Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) finding Ally (Lady Gaga) at a drag bar and being transfixed by her singing talent. They start to fall in love and Jackson helps Ally get footing in her singing career, but as she rises to pop stardom, he cannot stop spiraling downward.

This is Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut and what a feat this was. Kudos to him because every shot in this film was deliberate and the film was extremely well made. He also does a great job on the acting side of things and is believable as an aging rock star. Lady Gaga was also outstanding in her role and I was very impressed because even though I knew she acted before, this is her first leading role in a film and she delivered. They had really great chemistry together and I knew that they worked together a lot in pre-production to do this film right, which they succeeded in doing.

The music in this film is amazing. When I got home, I listened to the soundtrack and I am still listening to this soundtrack several days later. Lady Gaga’s vocals are like no other and the songs are both sweet and sad.

I don’t have any big negatives for the film. Just a few nitpicks such as the weirdly excessive amount of face touching. Sam Elliot also stars in the film as Maine’s older brother, but his voice is so deep that I couldn’t understand what he was saying sometimes. And since I have seen the original A Star is Born, I knew what was going to happen so while the ending did move me, I knew it was coming, and I wasn’t shocked like the many other movie goers who weren’t familiar with A Star is Born.

I give A Star is Born an A-

*On another note, my blog turned one today! It’s hard to believe that I’ve been doing this for a year, and I’m still figuring out my writing style, voice, and whatnot in film criticism, but I just wanted to thank all of you for reading my blog, it means a lot!

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