A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born

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During the downward spiral of his own music career due to alcoholism and his age, Jackson Maine helps a young singer and actress find fame.

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LPL_TraciB May 18, 2019

This is one of the few movies I've seen that I felt lived up to all of the hype. A Star is Born is not only a story of an unknown singer/songwriter's glorious rise to fame, but also a heart-breaking depiction of how alcohol & drug addiction can shatter lives. It's been so long since I've watched the other versions that I was watching this one with fresh, tear-stained eyes. I loved it, even though it's a crushing story. The chemistry between Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga was great and so were their musical performances. Have a box of tissues ready!

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Finsth
May 17, 2019

Not very good although I enjoyed the music and the acting. Always enjoy Sam Elliot.

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TBrien
May 13, 2019

Really good film making on the part of Bradley Cooper (and acting as well). Bogs down a little about an hour-plus in, but that is the tale: gotta tell the rise of one star with the fall of another. Original music and process of creating it was great to hear and see. Touching and poignant overall, but hated the ending, and think Lady Gaga should stick to singing.

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anonymouswe
May 09, 2019

A Star is Born is a remake that strikes a few incredible notes, but is mostly off key. Stefanie Germanotta gives a poor performance, very stunted and clearly out of her league acting with the likes of Bradley Cooper and Sam Elliott. Jackson Maine, from the very beginning and the first meeting, leaves you wondering why Ally would have any interest in him. He’s a drunk and an idiot and completely uninteresting, but his singing fame is enough for her to be interested in him – an incredible turn off and indication how shallow she might be. Both Jackson and Ally are incredibly unlikable people from the outset, leaving the viewer uninterested in what happens in the film. The dad and his friends as the comedy relief fell short of the intention and need. Return to Me employed that trick to a significantly greater effect 19 years ago. Bradley Cooper’s performance is good. Sam Elliott was the only award worthy performance. Hollywood seems to have been allured by the star power of an unlikable film, just as the lead female character was allured by the star power of an unlikable singer.

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maipenrai
May 08, 2019

When a film is "remade" one hopes that it will be an improvement upon the first versions - I can only think of one that may have accomplished this feat. Version 1 with Judy Garland and James Mason is the best. Next comes Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. The only positive thing about this film is that I gained respect for Lady Gaga as a singer and actress. She comes across as a human being instead of the bizarre character she formerly portrayed. Perhaps because I am now in my 70's watching toxic relationships has ceased to be "romantic". Ally sold out and betrayed Jack. All in all, watching a train wreck has no appeal. Cannot recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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hammer59
May 06, 2019

Gritty but really entertaining. Solid story. Good acting. I can see why this movie would have mass appeal. Enjoy!

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poodlegirl
May 05, 2019

Good music...period!

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tuesdayfrog
May 03, 2019

I watched this out of curiosity after all the hype. Yes, it has a very talented cast but each emotional scene screams "OMG We are making such a great film. I am acting my ass off!" Nothing can save this tired plot that wore out it's welcome in the original back in the thirties.

mhplleanne Apr 29, 2019

The music in the movie was great, but for a 2018 remake, it's glorifying toxic relationships to the extreme. Jackson's pursuit of Ally is actually kinda creepy - she says "no" to him multiple times, only for him to not respect her feelings and harass her until she goes to his show. As her music gig flourishes, Jackson's worsening problems threaten to derail her own career. Ally keeps trying to save Jackson, even though he does multiple things to sabotage her. But, because their love is so "pure," this behavior appears to be okay? I'm not saying that everyone in a relationship with an addict should, or is right, to leave at a certain point. But, this movie was from 2018 - they could at least have thrown an al-anon meeting in there?
Or a scene where her dad was asking how she was coping with such a messed up relationship/marriage?

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LynJoan
Apr 28, 2019

This is rated 14A, which means parental guidance 14+ years and not for younger viewers. With the heavy use of alcohol and drugs, nudity, dangerous life style choices and implied suicide, I would not recommend anyone under 18 watching this. My 13 year old really wanted to see this after having watched Shallow on the Oscars, and the cute picture of the duo on the cover, but no way. A very unhealthy life style is glamourized and I do not think that a teenager would benefit from watching that portrayal.

Now, for adult viewers, the depiction of a rescuer falling for an addict that is trapped in worldly success is a nice fairy tale to watch. We were mesmerized by Lady Gaga's performance. She is stunning in this role and I now think very highly of her. She is the character she portrays- she mentions that herself in the bonus disc on the conception and making of the film (worth the watch). Musically she is brilliant as well with her contributions. Bradley Cooper is fantastic- his mumbling, although hard to understand, makes for a realistic character and he is magical. Enjoy!

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May 09, 2019

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