So I finally got around to seeing A Star is Born, about a month late. I really had no interest in seeing this movie. The trailers did not seem appealing to me, and it was the 4th remake, which is usually a bad sign. But everyone was saying how good it is, and how it is going to win Oscars, so I figured I had to see it.
And was it good? Sure. I don’t think it is the best movie ever, but there are certainly parts of the movie I would consider Oscar-worthy. First off, I could see three different performances here that could be nominated. Lady Gaga for Best Leading Actress, Bradley Cooper for either Best Lead or Best Supporting, not sure which he is eligible for, and Sam Elliot for Best Supporting. All three were excellent. I was not expecting Lady Gaga to be this good, but damn she can act. Cooper and Gaga carry the movie for sure. Their on-screen chemistry is so good.
The music is very good as well. I would be willing to bet now that Shallow will win the Oscar for Best Original Song.
Not to say I think it is the best original song, in fact, I don’t know if it is even the best in this movie, just that it is going to win. It is not as much of a slam dunk as Remember Me was last year, but unlike Remember Me, if it does win, it will actually be somewhat deserving. I do think there is a small chance something else knocks it off, Kendrick Lamar’s “All the Star’s” from Black Panther certainly has a chance, as does Celine Dion’s “Ashes” from Deadpool 2 (seriously, that song can win.)
However, I am not as crazy about it as everyone else. I think it can be a bit cliche at times. For one, it did something I hate, which is show flashbacks to things we have already seen in the movie. It’s insulting when movies think we have already forgotten things like that. You do such a good job setting something up, then ruin the moment by showing flashbacks. And they do it during one of the most powerful moments of the movie too. It is a crutch the movie did not need. It is not the worst case of doing this, but it still annoyed me.
The writing is good. The way it all goes down is a bit comical and over the top. I don’t want to spoil the way the movie goes down, even though this is the 4th time the story has been told. But even still, they are in no way subtle with setting up the ending. The imagery they show makes it really obvious what is going to happen. I mean really obvious, as obvious as it was in Force Awakens that Han was going to die.
But overall, it is very good. I am sure it will get best a Best Picture Nom, the best acting, and song noms that I already mentioned, and I could even see them nominating Cooper for Best Director. I don’t think he deserves it, because while the directing was good, I can already name 5 more deserving directors this year, but he could get it still.
So yes, it is good. A bit overhyped perhaps, but still very well made and entertaining.