It’s difficult standing out as a remake of a film. It’s even more difficult if the film in question isn’t even the first remake. Yet Bradley Cooper’s “A Star is Born”, the fourth remake of the 1937 film of the same name, manages to surpass these boundaries, and this Oscar-nominated film, up for Best Picture at the February 24 awards, has won critical acclaim. The surprising castings of Cooper and Lady Gaga as the two leads prove to work to the benefit of “A Star is Born,” and their on-screen chemistry is just one reason of many reasons why this film excels.
Without delving too far into the plot, the film concerns the budding romance between Jack Maine (Cooper), a famous singer-songwriter, and Ally (Gaga), a waitress and aspiring singer. After meeting Ally in a bar, they develop an attraction, all the while Jack mentors Ally and guides her along her budding career and confronts his own struggles with alcoholism. Cooper, who is typically known for more comedic roles, like that of Rocket Raccoon in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, delivers a gripping performance, while Gaga delivers a terrific performance as Ally. It’s no wonder that both leads were nominated for Oscars in Actor in a Leading Role and Actress in a Leading Role, respectively. Additionally, Sam Elliott, who played Jack’s half-brother and manager Bobby, was nominated in the Actor in a Supporting Role category.
Besides the film’s captivating actors, the polish extends to other areas of the production as well. The music is of note here, with Gaga of course being an extremely accomplished artist. Cooper is no slouch in the musical department, and one of the songs the duo sings in the film, “Shallow” is indeed nominated for Best Original Song at the Oscars. The cinematography, sound mixing, and the adapted screenplay are also standouts, and as such, were also nominated for Oscars in those respective categories, making for 8 nominations in total from this acclaimed film. “A Star is Born” is one of last year’s best films and is truly the kind of special film you’ll want to see again and again. Be sure to catch it this weekend.