Thanks to Roadshow Films we had the chance to see ‘A Star is Born’ before its national release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!

The highly anticipated A Star is Born is finally here! The idea for a remake has been buzzing around Hollywood for the past ten years, with director Clint Eastwood and singer Beyonce being attached to the project at one time. First time director Bradley Cooper has taken on an ambitious task, tackling a film made three times before. To date, the 1976 version is the most well known staring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.

Bradley Cooper is Jackson Maine, a well known country singer and alcoholic. After a chance encounter with Ally, played by Lady Gaga, a singer at a downtown bar, the two instantly form a connection.  As Ally’s star rises and Jackson’s battle with alcohol worsens they struggle to cope with the demands of the music industry and the toll it is takes on their relationship.

A Star is Born is a captivating film to watch, start to finish. Cooper has succeeded in creating a tight film grounded in reality. Although at times the plot leans to the melodramatic, the subject matter is handled in a way that comes across as genuine and real.

Bradley Cooper has great control in his direction of the actors, as Gaga gives a restrained performance. Audiences will be pleasantly surprised by Gaga’s grounded and naturalistic performance as she is better known for her eccentricities and outspoken personality. Gaga does a skilful job of exploring the complexities of the character Ally, a women conflicted by her love for Maine whilst struggling to cope with his self destructive personality. Both leading actors have a great chemistry and succeed in creating a genuine love which explores both the highs and the lows of their relationship.

A Star is Born has put a refreshingly new take on the well known rags to riches story. The film’s focus on music, and the sacrifices on a relationship when struggling with success, jealousy and fame make this a visceral experience for the film going audience. You might even shed a tear or two.

A Star is Born – In Cinemas 18 October 2018

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