A Star is Born: An Honest Review

Last weekend I went to see A Star is Born with my friends, and I could not have been more excited. Up until that point, I hadn’t heard one negative review of the movie; instead, I heard tales of people trying to see it a second time but not being able to because the tickets were completely sold out.

I was also OBSESSED with watching the trailer, but I refrained from listening to any songs from the soundtrack (I like to be totally surprised by the music). I was basically as excited to hear this soundtrack as I was to see the movie, and I’m not a super musical person.

Because I don’t want this to contain any spoilers about the movie, I’m just going to give an overview of my thoughts during the movie.

First of all, they waste no time in getting into the plot of the story. Lady Gaga’s character meets Bradley Cooper’s character, basically, within the first 15-20 minutes of the movie. Their first physical interaction was so cute and raw and beautiful, but I personally wasn’t a fan of the moments that lead up to it.

From that point on, the movie was kind of a whirlwind of emotion and music and concerts. In some ways, you can clearly see the main characters’ relationship progressing, but in some ways you miss key parts of it. As I write this, I’m trying to think about this part of the movie and I can’t even remember what happened because it seemed like it went by so quickly.

The second half of the movie, which is usually the part of the movie where there’s conflict and a resolution and a big blow-up event, was really good, if a little jumpy as well. However, those crucial plot scenes were beautifully shot and easy to follow, and I think those were some of my favorite scenes out of the whole movie.

I was expecting to cry. I usually tear up or full-on cry during sad movies like that one (I literally teared up when I saw the trailer for Steve Carell’s new movie before this one started) but I found myself walking out of the theater quite bewildered, but not crying at all. Sure, there were some sad parts and those were harder to watch, but for the most part, it wasn’t THAT sad. Maybe if you ALWAYS cry at things that are remotely sad, then you’d cry, or if you had a personal connection/experience similar to the one in the movie then I could see that setting you off as well.

Here are my main takeaways from the movie: Lady Gaga is an absolute QUEEN. I would see this movie again literally just to see her be so amazing and powerful. Bradley Cooper is also great but there’s nothing new there (except that he can sing REALLY WELL). The movie is good but pretty long, so settle in with some popcorn, and if you don’t want to see the movie? Listen to the soundtrack. I’m listening to it at this exact minute.

 

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