A Star is Born (2018) – Encore Review


“All you got to do is trust me. That’s all you got to do.” – Jack

Number of Times Seen – 2 (20 Oct 2018 and 1 Jul 2019)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A musician discovers a young singer in a bar and helps her on the path to stardom even as his own star power begins to dim.

My Take on it –  This is a film that I was quite curious to see when I heard about last year especially given the fact that I was already familiar with two of the previous versions.

Bradley Cooper is a great actor and chose this film as his directorial debut and by doing so hit a home run with this movie.

Despite not winning enough awards for his work here, he was nominated at the DGA, BAFTA and Globes yet was unfortunately snubbed at the Oscars.

This movie works much better than all 3 of the previous version due to two main factors: the amazing chemistry between Cooper and Lady Gaga and the use of the music field.

It manages to eclipse all previous versions and is by far the best rendition of this story.

The music in this film is amazingly done and I’m still quite shocked even after almost half a year that this film only managed to get one nomination in that category since they have numerous songs that are quite powerful and would have been deserving of being nominated.

If I could choose one song besides Shallow (which also won) to be nominated, it would have been I’ll never love again.

Listen to it here:

The story of this film plays out really well and they do it in a way that makes the story seem very believable and plausible throughout.

Sam Elliott is also amazing in this film and was quite deserving of getting an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work here.

This film was nominated for 8 Oscar and somehow only won 1 (for Best Song as mentioned earlier) which is quite a shame because it is the most powerful of the 8 nominees and lost its front runner status largely due to it being released in October.

Of the nominees, I believe that it will be the film that will stand the test of time and be most remembered.

Bottom Line – Amazing version of this film that works so much better than the other ones largely due to the spectacular chemistry between Cooper and Lady Gaga. We can really believe their relationship.  The story works so well in the music field and even in that aspect it manages to eclipse its predecessors. The music of this film is out of this world and I’m quite shocked that they only managed to get an Oscar nomination (and eventual) win for Shallow, because some of the other songs are also very worthy and are better than some of the other nominees in the category.  The story plays out really well and they do it on a way that makes it all seem quite believable and plausible the entire time.  Elliott gives an amazing performance here too and was well deserving of an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work here. This film was among the very best movies of the year and was by far the best of the 8 nominees for Best Picture, but it was released too early which hurt its chances to win more than just Best Original Song. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  Bradley Cooper said that Lady Gaga was the one who convinced him they should sing live. Gaga said she hated watching movies where the actors were not lip-syncing correctly to the songs, and to avoid this and get it right they needed to sing live for the film. This was what caused Cooper to get more extensive vocal training. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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4 thoughts on “A Star is Born (2018) – Encore Review

  1. Agree on song choice. I thought there were 2 songs on the soundtrack better than SHALLOW. The chemistry between Gaga and Cooper was palpable – and having watched the film a few more times since originally seeing it on screen at its release – Gaga was superb. People may have underestimated just how good she was in this film (and IMO should’ve won for Best Actress). As for comparisons to the 3 earlier versions – to say this separated from the pack because of the “use of the music field” is wrong. The Streisand/Kristofferson version (the weakest by far of the 4 IMO) was also set in the music world. Garland is a singer/actress in the 1st remake (and IMO – a close 2nd or dead heat with this one – Garland and Mason are incredible). The first version – with Janet Gaynor – is excellent. I had forgotten how good that one was until I rewatched it recently. But last year’s version was an incredible achievement – and kudos must be given to Bradley Cooper – who sang, acted, altered his voice and directed (himself!!) which is no small feat. Agree with Rob that it should have won a lot more awards than Best Song.

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