“A musician helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.”
There are three things here to really explain what this movie is. The first thing is the directing. Cooper himself directs this movie, and what a job he does here. He really makes great use of camera motivation and the way he blocks out his scenes, that you really do become enveloped in the story. The story here isn’t even a new one as this is the fourth telling more or less of this tale, but they modernize and make the story here so much more relatable to a 2018 audience that it still feels fresh enough. The second thing is the acting. Cooper and Gaga are both simply stunning, they’re both totally turned on and on their game throughout this entire movie. Their performances are really so well nuanced and detailed, that allows them to carry so much of the chemistry and emotion that this movie needs to really work as it should. The supporting cast is also very good, when they need to stand out and shine they really do, and those small moments just add to everything, and let Cooper or Gaga take a back seat in some scenes, which makes you just appreciate them more when they are back in the spotlight. The third thing is the music. I don’t think anyone will be surprised to know just how good Gaga sounds and her vocal ability, but the sound editing and mixing is done in such a way that you really get a better understanding for what great singing is, and why it’s special. They also do a really great job of compiling some great songs here, that would stand on their own as great songs, so they lend even more authenticity to this movie. There genuinely isn’t much of anything wrong with this movie, I guess if you don’t getting some feels thrown at you, you might like it less, but the quality here is really good no matter what. All in all, this fourth incarnation of A Star is Born really delivers on what it promised.
Review Score : 9.5 out of 10