Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga headline the fourth film version of A Star is Born.
THE fourth film version of
A Star is Born retells the story of an alcoholic rockstar who jump-starts the career of a talented young woman.
After another sell-out concert, Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) finds himself in a drag bar where he is captivated by Ally (Lady Gaga) singing La Vie En Rose.
By day Ally works in a restaurant and she has almost given up on a career in music.
She sings the lovestruck rocker a song she has written and confides she has never sung her own songs on stage because people in the music industry have told her she is ‘not pretty enough’ to be a star.
The next day, Jackson sends his private jet to take her to his next concert.
He persuades Ally to sing her song on stage with him and the performance becomes the springboard for her career and their inevitable romance.
Jackson is a gruff musician with a tragic past, while Ally is a vivacious powerhouse who knows how to look after herself and she cannot believe her luck in attracting the famous musician.
Cooper and Lady Gaga portray their characters with energy and the convincing intimacy of a playful loving couple.
However, the romance falters as Ally’s success mirrors her lover’s descent into alcohol and drug addiction and their characters fall short of any meaningful insight into ‘the rise and fall of fame’.
With a running time of more than two hours, the movie outstays its welcome and ends with less emotional weight than was clearly intended.