Hello again, blog lovers! Well, this is the movie review that everyone seems to be writing right now, but I’ll toss my hat into the ring anyway. So…this is (believe it or not) the 4th remake or re-invention of this movie. The basic plot of this version is that Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) is an alcoholic rock star looking for inspiration, and Ally (Lady Gaga) is the one who provides it when he walks into a bar where she is performing. From there, their relationship grows but not without hardship. Jackson and Ally are both tested as they attempt to find truth in their music and in themselves.
I personally was PUMPED for this movie. I’ve been a Lady Gaga fan for years and have always loved the raw quality in her voice. However, I was skeptical about her being in a film. I knew the vocals would hold up, but would she do well as an actress on this big of a scale? I had the opposite concerns for Bradley Cooper. He’s been in big movies, but I had never heard them sing before.
People…in literally the first five minutes of the movie, every doubt that this movie wouldn’t be amazing disappeared. Bradley Cooper can SING, you guys! When did this happen?! And not only was his singing and acting performance superb, but he also directed, wrote, AND edited this movie. What CAN’T he do? And Lady Gaga…I cannot say enough. This is her FIRST movie and this was some of the most natural acting I’ve ever seen. The chemistry between her and Bradley was so fantastic that now I want them to get together in real life. Another shoutout also goes to Sam Elliot for a) that bass and b) some amazing acting. He has one particularly emotional scene with Bradley that choked me up (you’ll know it when you see it). If the final sequence of this movie doesn’t make you cry, I don’t know what will. I could hear people around me sobbing during the last song.
ALSO can we talk about the fact that all of the music in this movie is original? (Except La Vie En Rose of course.) Which, oh yeah, Bradley Cooper helped to write! As Stephen Colbert said in his interview with Lady Gaga, Cooper needs to save some talent for the rest of us! The vocal qualities of Cooper and Gaga blend together beautifully.
Between you, me, and the ghostlight, this movie is going to win an Oscar. It can’t not. Either for Gaga’s acting, Cooper’s acting and/or directing, or the movie as a whole. Do not miss seeing this movie in theaters; it is an experience. You will laugh, you will cry, you will leave the show humming and thinking about music and those you love. If nothing else, there’s a puppy in it. Just go see it!
Until next time, blog lovers! Tune in next week for another review!