IHGB Movie Review: A Star is Born
A Star is Born
Starring: Bradley “Blue Eyes” Cooper and Lady Gaga
The Gist: Greasy haired pretty boy musician takes a liking to newbie singer with a wicked set of pipes.
- I predict Lady Gaga will win an Academy Award for her performance as Ally in A Star is Born.
- I predict Bradley Cooper will win an Academy Award for his performance as Jackson, if Rami Malek doesn’t win it for playing Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.
- This is a reimagining of A Star is Born. Do not expect it to be the exact same as your beloved Judy Garland or Barbara Streisand versions.
- Something will stir in even the crustiest of hearts when Gaga sings “Shallow” live on stage.
- Go purchase “Shallow’ from iTunes right now, even if you don’t plan on seeing the movie.
- Substance abuse is a terrible disease. The ripple effects can be far-reaching.
- When did Andrew Dice Clay become an old man?
- Bradley Cooper’s greasy hair did not bother me. I miraculously overlooked it after a while. I think the pheromones from his electric blue eyes counteracted what would have been a recoiling moment. Instead, I leaned in. You should see those eyes on the big screen.
- You will get used to his voice.
- Lady Gaga is a phenomenal musician and singer. It turns out, she can also act. Again, give the woman an Oscar.
- A dog named Charlie may steal the show.
- I chuckled more times than I thought I would chuckle, considering this is a melodrama.
- True confessions: I looked at my watch once around the two hour mark.
- Did I cry? I did not. Did the person beside me have to pull out a tissue? Yes, she did. Did the person behind me start to hyperventilate to the point that I contemplated calling 9-1-1? Almost.
- Okay, okay. I did tear up at the song “I’ll Never Love Again.” You should probably buy that one, too. Incredible.
- My friend Todd and I were excited about this movie while discussing it on the podcast. We were not disappointed.
Hey, if music and drama is your thing, you need to experience this movie in a theater. The subject matter is weighty, but it’s worth the heaviness. Cooper sucks you in with his brooding personality. Gaga sucks you in when she opens her mouth to sing. People will be talking about this film for weeks and you’ll want to have an opinion at the water cooler.