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Numerous movies have been recreated as a newer version of the original film. Some might recognize A Star is Born as one of these movies. Bradley Cooper directed and starred in the 2018 movie, but this was actually the fourth version of this film. The three versions that came before the most recent were released in 1937, 1954, and 1976. A Star is Born tells the story of a famous musician who discovers and falls in love with an aspiring artist.

Bradley Cooper plays a singer named Jackson Maine who is well-known but struggles with his own issues and addictions. In an interview with Morning Edition, Cooper stated that one of his goals with this movie was to reveal the struggles and experiences of being an addict, and he wanted this representation to be “not a glossy version but the real reality of what it is to be an addict.” His character finds love and comfort in a talented, intriguing singer who has big dreams for her future.

Ally Campana, played by Lady Gaga, meets Jackson after she presents a moving performance in a club after her shift. He becomes interested in Ally after listening to her sing, and they have a deep conversation about the troubles she faces in pursuing her career as a musician. Her amazing talent and strong voice is evident with her performances. The two connect more and eventually perform on stage together leading to Ally joining Jackson on his tour.

The movie explores the story of the two singers’ careers while presenting the obstacles along with the achievements that they experience along the way. Some articles explain that Lady Gaga, a very talented pop artist, has “her mask removed” in this emotional film. One scene that demonstrated this occurred when Jackson removed Ally’s dramatic makeup to reveal her true face.  She was nervous but excited to star in this film and tell a story. When discussing the movie with Los Angeles Times, Gaga stated, “I want to tell great stories that pull from places inside of me, from real pain, from real emotion, from my real life.”

The movie is rated R for language, partial nudity, and substance abuse, so it may not be appropriate to watch with younger viewers. I personally enjoyed the movie and the story it told. One of my favorite scenes of the movie was when the two singers performed the song “Shallow” for the first time. I believe that Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper did a great job with their roles and representations of their characters. They both are amazing actors and really presented their character’s struggles as if they were their own personal obstacles. I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys a good romance and musical performances.  

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6 Responses to “A Star is Born”

  1. McKayla Thompson on February 28th, 2019 9:05 am

    Great article Katelyn! This movie sounds so sweet, and I can’t wait to watch it! My sister watched it and absolutely loved it. It sounds like such a great romance movie. I love how you described the background behind the movie. Keep up the good writing!

  2. Bella Panmei on February 28th, 2019 11:07 am

    I have heard about this movie many times but have never actually watched it myself. The facts you stated and the quotes that were used were very informing. Great writing!

  3. Ashli Key on March 4th, 2019 11:13 am

    Great review Katelyn! I haven’t seen this movie yet, but my mom and I have been very anxious to go see it! I love the way you explained the movie and added your own opinion of the movie as well! Thanks for informing me on the movie a little more…I will definitely have to go watch i!

  4. Malachi Snider on March 4th, 2019 1:25 pm

    Very good article! I have seen the movie. You did a good jobs explaining it and in your own way. keep up the good work.

  5. Tianna Casner on March 5th, 2019 1:44 pm

    Good article!! I really love this movie and I thought you did a very good job explaining it!

  6. Brannyn Spencer on March 7th, 2019 9:13 am

    Seeing the previews for this movie highly intrigued me. I ended up going to the first showing with my mom. We both LOVED this movie. I also agree that Lady Gaga took off her “mask” for this movie. I really like how you explained an example of this occurring.

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