FILM REVIEW: A STAR IS BORN, OCTOBER 2018

Bradley Cooper has stepped behind the camera for the first time as the director of A Star Is Born, the third remake of the 1937 film.

Previously remade in 1954 and again in 1976, each version of the film has put a modern twist on the same plot by highlighting different elements (commonly the huge musical numbers or the dramatic relationship), while also portraying the film’s outlook on the current music industry and casting different big-name celebrities as leads.

The 2018 version of A Star Is Born is a moving and tear-jerking love story that deals with the dramatic life of being in showbiz.

Within the first few minutes of the film, we are thrown into the life of successful country singer-songwriter Jackson “Jack” Maine (Bradley Cooper) who is notorious for his heavy drinking and hectic celebrity life.

Following a live concert Jack, in search of a drink, stops at a random nightclub where a drag show is playing.

Jack is surprised when he watches a young woman named Ally (Lady Gaga) performing as part of the show and impressing the crowd with her outstanding singing.

Jack persuades her to have a drink with him and the pair are quick to form a connection both as musicians and lovers.

But while Ally’s career is skyrocketing, Jack’s finds his rock star lifestyle is catching up to him and his time in the spotlight could be coming to an end.

Both Cooper and Gaga light up the screen with excellent performances, developing their characters well and showcasing their musical prowess beautifully.

In fact, the musical performances alone are enough reason to go see the remake in cinemas.

This remake is a must-see film for 2018 and will leave you awed, moved and holding back tears by the end.

4/5 stars

By Paige Johnston

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