Everybody knows Bradley Cooper can act and Lady Gaga can sing, but what people don’t know is that they are both able to sing and act. They showcase their talents in the newest remake of “A Star is Born”, the story of a talented singer named Ally who meets and falls in love with a famous country musician named Jackson Maine. It’s love at first sigh when he sees her performing “La Vie En Rose” in a drag bar. When he meets her backstage, they go for a drink and their talents and passions merge to form one of the most realistic romantic couples on screen. Ally becomes famous through her singing talents and songwriting abilities, but as her career sky-rockets, the same isn’t necessarily true for their relationship.
Cooper brilliantly plays Jack in the most ranged performance of his career. It is clear from watching “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Sniper” that he can act, but this is the first role where he combines his musical talents with his acting talents. He can sing just as well as any of the country music stars you hear on the radio and apparently the guy knows his way around a guitar as well. After taking over a year of guitar lessons to prepare for the role, he basically became a country star. Jack’s music on stage makes us forget that its Bradley Cooper up there singing and performing “Black Eyes” and “Maybe its Time”.
As amazing as Cooper is, Lady Gaga steals the show with both her voice and her eyes. She acts with her eyes in every scene with Cooper, making for a realistic couple with perfect chemistry. When an actor can do that while conveying emotion, that is talent at its finest. Her performance is her best as well, which will surely give her more opportunities for roles like this. She has acted in a few things here and there and even performed in a few seasons of “American Horror Story”, but this is the first time where she was truly able to put her acting talents to the fullest test, and she passed.
What’s even more impressive is that “A Star is Born” is the directorial debut of Bradley Cooper. After seeing this film, it would seem as though Cooper directed many films before, but that’s not the case. Cooper is clearly a talented director and one that will hopefully make more films in the future.
This is the fourth adaptation of “A Star is Born”. It can be easy to shrug off remakes as lazy and uninventive, but this film is anything but that. It’s a self-aware film with incredible talent behind it. The acting, music, direction and costume design all shine as some of the best we’ve seen in years.
Rated R for language throughout, some sexuality/nudity and substance abuse