REVIEW: A Star Is Born is the film of the year

It’s been a week since I saw this remake of A Star Is Born, and I’m still processing all the feelings I have about it.

It’s the type of film that will stay with you, no matter how much time has passed. Luckily, the music sticks around as well.

This is the best-composed, best-acted film of the year, and has immediately catapulted into my top 10 favourites of all time.

When hard-drinking, heavy-living rock star Jack meets down-on-her-luck Ally, he falls for her instantly.

From the second he hears her in a bar, the two become inseparable, for better or worse.

This story of fame and the music industry shows exactly how it can spit you out and stifle your creativity. But it also show the glowing, beating pulse of artists who are allowed to shine.

Bradley Cooper (who also directs here) stars with music icon Lady Gaga, and the two have both musical and romantic chemistry to spare.

They’re electric on-stage and off it, and they fill every single scene with energy and spirit.

The two are Oscar-bound, and Gaga gives a performance that will hit you like a sledgehammer. You expect greatness on-screen from Cooper, but it’s Gaga who really owns it.

The two produce an entire soundtrack of songs that are bound to be hits, and their heart-and-soul vibe is within every track.

A performance to watch for is Sam Elliott’s, as Cooper’s long-suffering manager and older brother. Mostly known now for car commercial voice-overs and a supporting role on Netflix’s The Ranch, he’s absolutely fantastic here.

This is hands-down the best film I’ve seen this year, and if it’s receiving accolades aplenty at Oscar season, I won’t be the least bit surprised.

It’s a musical and film triumph, and is as close to perfection as I’ve seen all year.

5/5 Stars

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