“A Star Is Born” Hits The Movie Screen


Ella Schuellerman, Arts & Life Editor

A story that has been told over and over is back for a fourth take. The 1937 film “A Star Is Born” has returned, this time starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

In a screening at Valley View Theater on Sept. 26, the film lit up the screen with its raw emotion and talent seeping through every single note reached by the actors as they sang the musical arc created.

Jackson Maine, played by Cooper, is an alcoholic musician who has struggled his whole entire life with mental illness, family and fame. Ally, played by Gaga, is a waitress who moonlighted as a singer at a drag bar until one night, when a drunken Jackson stumbled his way into the bar for one more drink.

Cooper not only co-starred in the movie, he also wrote and directed it, with the help of screenwriters Eric Roth and Will Fetters. Both Cooper and Gaga contributed to the stunning, heart-tugging soundtrack that will be released on Oct. 5, the same day the movie hits the big screens. Cooper contributed to the writing of four tracks and Gaga helped with the writing of 13.

The transcendent Hollywood movie will make audiences everywhere feel the beat and the emotions pulled from Cooper and Gaga. Owen Gleiberman of Variety Magazine states, “She takes off as he slowly crashes. That is the soapy tragic ‘Star Is Born’ concept.”

The melodramatic whirlwind romance gives us a look into the struggle of being torn away from never-ending fame and personal life issues.

“The new ‘A Star Is Born’ is a total emotional knockout, but it’s also a movie that gets you to believe, at every step, in the complicated rapture of the story it is telling,” comments Gleiberman.

The electrifying new version of “A Star Is Born” will make you feel the slow pain of Jackson Maine’s slow deterioration as Ally skyrockets to billboards and platinum records. One talent that is extremely hard to execute is playing a drunk who can’t take care of himself. Cooper does an almost too perfect job portraying a dirty, greased, slurred deep voice of what is left of a man.

Time Magazine’s Stephanie Zacharek complimented Cooper’s directing skills, stating, “It’s wonderful to see a first-time filmmaker who’s more interested in effective storytelling than in impressing us; telling a story effectively is hard enough.”

John Carroll senior Sarah Blejwas is looking forward to seeing Gaga’s career take a new and exciting direction, which many anticipated would happen at some point. “I am so excited to see ‘A Star is Born’ because I’m a huge fan of Lady Gaga’s voice and can’t wait to see her act in such a special role,” comments Blejwas.

The reviews for “A Star Is Born” are outrageously exceptional for such a complicated yet simple story told by Cooper and Gaga’s natural chemistry. Gaga turned Cooper into a rumbling, burly rock star and Cooper turned Gaga into a jaw-dropping actress. It would be no surprise if this film reaches Academy Award standing by the end of the year.