2018 ( USA ) ( Drama, Music, Romance )
Starring: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott
Director: Bradley Cooper
Not that many films get made four times but the story of a fading star falling for his rising protégé, and the struggles that come with that transference of fame and power, is a compelling one.
Stepping into Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and Janet Gaynor’s shoes isn’t a challenge many people would relish — but Lady Gaga is a revelation. She is Ally, the down-on-her-luck waitress, while Bradley Cooper is booze-soaked country star Jack. Hiding underneath the romance and tragedy is a compelling take on the perils and intricacies of modern-day celebrity. Forget “basic” romantic drama, this is an emotional powerhouse of a film.
With appealing leads, deft direction, and an affecting love story, A Star Is Born is a remake done right — and a reminder that some stories can be just as effective in the retelling. The result is one of the most powerful, audience-pleasing films of 2018 and one that will linger long as one of the cinematic highlights of the year.