A Star is Born (2018) Review: A Universal Love Story for a New Generation
By Livia Peterson
Despite A Star is Born previously revamped three times prior to the latest adaptation, Bradley Cooper's directorial debut is a crowd pleaser on every level.
The alcoholic and drug abuser Jackson Maine (Cooper) stumbles upon Ally Campana (Stefani Germanotta also known as Lady Gaga) in a bar. While a romantic relationship is established, Jackson's career collapses and Ally's career blossoms as she eventually receives a Grammy nomination and win.
As A Star is Born provides conventional rags to riches narrative we've seen numerous times before, Germanotta's performance and tunes such as Always Remember Us This Way and I'll Never Love Again are exhilarating. Cooper allows Germanotta's natural beauty (without makeup and costumes) to shine, all while his performance is mediocre at best. Remakes are considered one of the many devils in today's film industry and ultimately, A Star is Born is an exception. A-
For Your Consideration: Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Lady Gaga), and Best Original Song (Shallow and I’ll Never Love Again)