By Riley “Thursday” Cummins
I went to go see ‘A Star is Born’ with one of my friends expecting something simple, a rock and roll movie with Lady Gaga as the lead. I was right! It is indeed a rock and roll movie, or a music movie if you will. Except there was this underlying element that I was quite surprised to discover upon watching it…
The lead singer of his band, Jack (Bradley Cooper), is very popular. Upon meeting Ally (Lady Gaga) he immediately sees potential in her as a songwriter and an artist and falls in love with her. As Ally’s career grows and grows over time, Jack sends his own career into a downward spiral. Right off the bat at the beginning, it is clear that Jack has some serious issues. From the opening shot alone he is seen drinking before he goes on stage. This basically set the tone for how little Jack cared about his health and how he has some problems. After meeting Ally, he begins to see the lighter things in life. They go on tour together and fall madly in love. However, he continues to abuse alcohol and now drugs. Ally quickly picks up on this and encourages him to get help. Jack ignores Ally’s request and continues to perform live with his band and Ally. Up to this point, we have already seen how violent Jack can get when he is on what he is on. Ally decides to take matters into her own hands and sign him up for a rehab center, where he spends all day there and learns to not abuse alcohol and drugs. Jack begins to see improvement. Ally arrives to pick up Jack and take him back home (they also have a dog forgot to mention that). Jack is still struggling a lot with his addiction. Since Ally is so focused on her career as an artist right now, she doesn’t immediately realize this. Before you notice this, it’s too late and the story takes a tragic turn.
I feel that this is the most powerful cinematic experience I have viewed since Assassination Nation. The way they illustrate his decent as an artist and Ally’s assent as an artist is quite beautiful. The connection that Jack and Ally have is very real and grounded. The music was absolutely phenomenal. I hope to see Lady Gaga in future films, she is an incredible actress. There were some flaws, however. Some scenes dragged on a little bit and felt a little bit boring while watching them. The cinematography was nice though. Really enjoyed the concert scenes.
I also feel that the main message in this film is honestly, to get help when you need it. Ally encouraged Jack to get help and go to rehab which he did to get better, but even then it was still too late. I’m not saying that Ally was in the wrong here for not helping him sooner, all I’m saying is that if you feel someone is in immediate danger, or you know someone is abusing drugs or alcohol, talk to someone. There is nothing wrong with getting help.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5 Stars!
“Look, talent comes everywhere, but having something to say and a way to say it so that people listen to it, that’s a whole other bag. And unless you get out and you try to do it, you’ll never know. That’s just the truth. And there’s one reason we’re supposed to be here is to say something so people want to hear. So you got to grab it, and you don’t apologize, and you don’t worry about why they’re listening, or how long they’re going to be listening for, you just tell them what you want to say.”