Movie Reviews

A Star Is Born (2018)

a-star-is-born-movie-review-2018Director: Bradley Cooper

Genre: Romance, Music, Drama

Runtime: 135 Minutes

Main Cast: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott, Dave Chappelle, Bonnie Somerville, Andrew Dice Clay, Michael Harney, Rebecca Field, Rafi Gavron, William Belli, Anthony Ramos

Plot: After one of his shows, Jackson Maine meets and falls for struggling musician Ally, who already gave up on her dreams of being in the spotlight. Jackson coaxes her back into it but as her career finally takes off, Jackson’s personal issues put a strain on their whirlwind romance.

My Thoughts: Apologies in advance for any typos in this post, it’ll be because I’m still SOBBING over this movie. I’ve been so excited to see this and I was gutted to miss out on the advanced screening I got an invite for, so I pretty much raced to the cinema on opening night to see it. Sometimes you just know a movie is going to be great, and I wasn’t wrong here.

I don’t even know where to start. This is Bradley Cooper at his very best (and he’s already amazing) but Lady Gaga? Lady goshdarn Gaga absolutely steals the show. I don’t know enough about them to know if she’s in the running for an Oscar but if it were up to me she would have one! I haven’t had my heart shattered by a movie since La La Land, and now I don’t know if it will ever recover.

For such a long movie the time just flies by, definitely helped by the amazing soundtrack. Annoyingly it wasn’t released onto Spotify until yesterday so I’ve had to put up with playing Shallow on repeat on YouTube until then. It’s got to at least get a nomination for Best Original Song, right? Is it an original song, or was it in the original movie this is a remake of? I’ll have to look it up.

I thought I knew where the story was going. I really did think I had it all worked out, and I wasn’t mad because the movie is so well made it would have been forgivable, but then I had the rug pulled out from under me. It’s an emotional rollercoaster, that’s for sure. The only thing that kept me from curling up in a ball in the cinema was the lady behind me loudly bawling her eyes out. I hope she’s doing ok!


Best Bit: Jackson Maine and Ally performing Shallow together on stage for the first time. It’s not even my favourite song (that award goes to Always Remember Us This Way) but it’s such a beautiful moment and gave me goosebumps.

Worst Bit: The final song. Not because it was a bad song, or even a bad moment, but that was the hardest part to watch. I was so sad I felt a little sick.

Fun Trivia:Β For his role as Jackson Maine, Bradley Cooper was taught to play guitar by Lukas Nelson, son of Willie Nelson. The pair hung out in Cooper’s basement almost every night for a year so that Cooper could learn how to perform and present himself like a musician. Cooper is backed by Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real for his stage performances. Veteran dialect coach Tim Monich worked for several months with Cooper to help him better flesh out his vocal singing range.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 fake boobs that Jackson Maine will sign for you if you ask him nicely!


18 thoughts on “A Star Is Born (2018)

  1. Is this film an actual remake of the Streisand one or is it different? Also, I loved your trivia–it’s so cool to know what actors do to make their parts authentic!


    1. It is! It’s a remake of the remake…of the remake! The 4th one. I haven’t seen the others but from what I hear each director has put their own spin on the story.
      I could have dedicated an entire post to trivia for this movie, there’s some absolutely fascinating stuff on IMDB πŸ™‚

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  2. I had my sunglasses on even before the lights came up I was crying so much! Lady Gaga did do a great job but I was really surprised by how good a performer Cooper is. Interesting info about his teachers. I love the fact that he cast his dog and the pooch doesn’t take his calls anymore πŸ™‚


    1. Oh good call with the sunglasses! I went to run out of the screen before anyone saw me but quickly realised there wasn’t a dry eye in the room anyway!
      I’ve always loved Cooper (have you seen Silver Linings Playbook?) but this is by far his best performance πŸ™‚


  3. I love that you used the fake boobs! I liked this but didn’t love it. Gaga and Cooper were both great, them singing the Shallow was my favorite part too.


  4. Awesome review! A Star Is Born is definitely one of my favorites of the year. It looks like a tight race, so I hope Bradley and/or Gaga get nominated for something. Love the fake boobs rating!


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