It is one of the most talked about movies of the year, so of course I jumped at the chance of getting a preview of Bradley Coopers A Star is Born tonight at Movie House Dublin Road Belfast.
A remake of the 1976 musical romcom starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.Which in itself was a remake of the 1936 drama starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March adapted from a Judy Garland musical.
The 2018 version stars pop star Lady Gaga and tells the story of two singers at different points of their stardom, you have probably seen the trailers and read the numerous positive reviews but what are my thoughts….
This is a tear-jerker of a film, a tragic tale of two lovers told through an amazing score with fantastic vocals from both awarding winning pop star Gaga and actor Cooper. It is beautifully shot with poignant moments of intimate love, passion and despair. Beautiful crowd scenes filmed in sold out concert halls and festivals.
Reminiscent to musical stories of tragic love like Walk the line-the Johnny Cash story. This tale is not what I was expecting, I don’t know why I had a preconception of another fairy-tale rise of a pop star story but this is much more Shakespearean. A haunted Romeo with a star struck Juliet. Not to everyone’s taste in tonight’s screening but I was left choking back tears in the final scenes.
So in summary and without any spoilers; personally I thought it was worth a watch, it shows the pressure of a modern popstar to always look perfect and the pressures of a modern relationship. I think it is one remake which has justified it’s update. If you are heading to a screening this week bring a few tissues. Perfect for a date night or a mate night.
Emer D xx