Film Column: 'A Star Is Born' just keeps getting better

A Star Is Born. Courtesy Warner Bros

Cooper and Gaga have clear on-screen chemistry, not just as characters who fall in love but also as musical artists (they co-wrote some of the songs and performed them at arenas and festivals). He's a good actor, but admit it, Cooper is still way too handsome to convincingly play an alcoholic, coke-snorting, self-destructive musician. All original for the film, the music makes for an emotive listening experience to say the least. Written and directed by Bradley Cooper "A Star is Born" stars pop star turned actress Lady Gaga as Ally, a small town singer hoping to make it big in show business, but struggling to find her big break. She cuts a hit album and even wins a Grammy on sheet talent, even as the man she loves loses his sheen and descends into alcoholism and obscurity. In fact, he admits that he loves her big nose and would rather like her big nose on the billboard! She's shown to love Jackson Maine with an intensity, even beating up a policeman in a bar when she thinks he's been insulting to Maine. "I have always admired him but he has taught me so much and it's changed my life", she added. Scarface, should, in fact, follow whoever the mass migrant population in the U.S. is, and A Star is Born is one of those romantic stories of tragedy that can be endlessly retold.

Bradley Cooper - rugged, normally drunk and talented as-can-be, takes on the role of smooth-talking rock star Jack. She shines as a singer as well, as was expected.

Like other one-name wonders - think Cher, Madonna and Beyoncé - the six-time Grammy victor, who also won a Golden Globe in 2016 for her TV role in American Horror Story and an Oscar nomination the same year for best original song (Till It Happens to You), has a larger than life persona, whether you've heard her sing or not. So it feels a little ludicrous that she wouldn't sing her own songs - as Ally also says in the trailer - or would be told she could never make it as a musician because the way she looks. "Shallow" had been ringing in my ears since I first heard it in the film's trailer months ago and to finally watch it so perfectly entwined in their story, gave the song an extra spark that I never knew it needed.

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BRADLEY Cooper has opened up about the unscripted comment he made during a scene that hurt Lady Gaga. He takes her on tours with him and his audience falls in love with her. All four pictures showcase established movie stars - performers at the top of their game. The cast and crew made the story very believable and the characters pushed the story forward easily. Jack attempts to achieve sobriety again and again, each time falling back into the comfortable arms of alcoholism and drug addiction. Cooper's money shot has him losing control at the Grammys - you despise him for doing it but you can't help but sympathise with him at the same time. Sam is known for his "Western" voice and there is an in-joke in the film where he accuses his brother of stealing his voice. As the crowd surges between them, Ally calls out Jackson's name frantically. At the end, it's Bobby who sums up Jackson's existence, saying only Jackson was responsible for both his life and death and no one else should feel guilty about it, thereby lending succour to Ally. The live performances bring authenticity to the film.

The distinction between their characters is apparent during a parallel scene in the beginning of the film.

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