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'A Star is Born' features absolutely raw emotion

'A Star is Born' features absolutely raw emotion

The filmA Star Is Born,” released Friday, Oct. 5, tells the story of an up-and-coming musical artist’s rise to fame as well as the boiling romance that comes along with it. This film has already received rave reviews. The film, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, also features many other talented celebrities such as Dave Chappelle, Halsey, Alec Baldwin and some of your favorite drag queens.

    The movie spotlights music as the main focus throughout the story. The music used ties the entire film into one cohesive work of art. Almost entirely original songs, audience members can look forward to genres of rock, pop, country and even ballads. Prospective watchers can anticipate listening to the sweet melodies of Lady Gaga, who truly has the voice of an angel. While Lady Gaga is an esteemed singer, Cooper had to “fake” his way into making it believable that he could actually sing due to his lack of musical experience. In all honesty, he was simply amazing. It really did seem as if he were a pro. He had to “fake it till he made it,” and it totally worked out in his favor.

    Though occasionally fun and lighthearted, this dramatic romance delves into sensitive subject matters such as alcoholism, family issues, self-discovery and mental health. It showcases the emotional struggles that people facing these conflicts have to suffer through. It’s almost impossible to watch this movie without feeling a sense of sadness. It was extremely well-acted by the cast members, who seemed in touch with not only their characters, but also with their scenes.

    It’s clear as day in the movie that Lady Gaga’s character (Ally) and Cooper’s character (Jackson Maine) share such a close bond with one another. The acting was so raw and so real that at times it would seem as if there was no script. Cooper, who directed the film, used unconventional methods while filming such as not allowing makeup to be worn and singing songs live on set rather than having them pre-recorded. Just these examples alone provide a more authentic, relatable approach to the film.

    Overall, this film is definitely one everyone should watch. Because of its suggestive language as well as nudity, it is rated R. However, if you are able to watch it, it is most definitely worth every second.

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