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A Star Is Born - Movie Review

Production Company: Live Nation Productions

Released: October 5th, 2018

Starring: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga

Directed by: Bradley Cooper

Genre: Drama/Romance

Rating: R


From the moment the film begins one is brought in close on this personal journey of two musicians falling in love. The framing of each scene is aesthetically pleasing, and allows one to feel as though they are a fly on the character’s shoulder since most of the shots are done up close and personal. I’m not sure if it was because I was sitting in the 3rd row of the filled theater, or the dramatic, zoomed in scenes, but I was glad to experience such a complex love story completely drawn in like this. As there is much singing throughout the movie, one gets to hear Bradley Cooper’s voice which is admittedly not bad and fits his character well. Lady Gaga’s incredible, raw voice only heightens the emotion and drama throughout the film. The whole time throughout the movie I had an anxious feeling that something bad was going to happen, I was just never sure when or how, which definitely added to the drama of the film. If one is hesitant to see the movie because they do not believe Lady Gaga can act, then they need to reconsider as she fit perfectly in the casting of her character Ally, and was very believable.

Although there is a bit of an anxious overtone to the movie there are definitely still parts that had people chuckle, or feel as though they could relate to whatever quirky moment was going on between the love interests. A movie about being in the musical world, and how it is capable of both destroying you and giving you life at the same time. Music can save us, hurt us, bring us together, and pull us apart. One will have to see this movie to see which of these elements are exemplified in the film. It feels incredibly real, even to an outsider of the music industry, and I do recommend taking the time to experience this film.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

Reviewer’s Name: Caroline Eimer

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