Starring: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle, Sam Elliott, Rebecca Field
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Romantic musical drama directed and co-written by Bradley Cooper, in his directorial debut. A Star Is Born follows seasoned musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper), who discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer, until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.
Our Favorite Quote:
Jack: You’re going to live in the old days.
Jack: Could I ask you a personal question?
Jack: Do you write songs or anything?
Ally: I don’t sing my own songs.
Ally: I just don’t feel comfortable.
Jack: Why wouldn’t you feel comfortable?
Ally: Because like almost every single person that I’ve come in contact with in the music industry has told me that my nose is too big and that I won’t make it.
Jack: Your nose is beautiful. Are you showing me your nose right now?
Jack: You don’t have to show it to me. I’ve been looking at it all night.
Ally: Oh, come on. No, you’re not.
Jack: Oh, I’m going to be thinking about your nose for a very long time.
Ally: You’re full of s**t.
Jack: I’m not full of s**t.
Ally: Yeah, you are.
Jack: I’m telling you the truth.
Ally: Yeah, you’re full of s**t.
Jack: Can I touch your nose?
Ally: Oh, my gosh.
Jack: Let me just touch it for a second.
[he slides his finger down her nose]
Jack: You’re very lucky.
Ally: Oh, really?
Ally: Yeah, not really, that my nose has not made me lucky.
Jack: Look, talent comes everywhere, but having something to say and a way to say it so that people listen to it, that’s a whole other bag. And unless you get out and you try to do it, you’ll never know. That’s just the truth. And there’s one reason we’re supposed to be here is to say something so people want to hear. So you got to grab it, and you don’t apologize, and you don’t worry about why they’re listening, or how long they’re going to be listening for, you just tell them what you want to say. Don’t you understand what I’m trying to tell you?
Ally: Yeah, I do. I don’t like it, but I understand it.
Jack: Oh, I think you like it a little bit.
Ally: [singing] Tell me something, boy. Aren’t you tired of trying to fill that void? Or do you need more? Ain’t it hard keeping it so hardcore?
Jack: Is that me?
Ally: That’s you.
Jack: Did you just write that now?
Jack: Pretty good.
Ally: I started writing this song the other day. Maybe that could work, like as a chorus or something.
[she gets up in front of Jack and starts singing]
Ally: I’m off the deep end. Watch as I dive in. I never the meet the ground. Crash through the surface, where they can’t hurt us. We’re far from the shallow now.
Jack: [to Ally] Can I tell you a secret? I think you might be a songwriter. And don’t worry, I won’t tell anybody. But I’m not very good at keeping secrets.
Jack: I just wanted to take another look at you.
Jack: Here’s what you’re going to do. You’re going to sing that song that I love.
Ally: No, I can’t do that. I’m sorry.
Jack: Here we go. Here we go.
Ally: [Jack tries to drag her onto the stage] No. Stop this, it’s not funny Jack.
Jack: Look at me. All you got to do is trust me. That’s all you got to do.
Bobby: Music is essentially any note between twelve octaves. Twelve notes and the octave repeats. It’s the same story told over and over. All that the artist can offer the world is how they see those twelve notes. That’s it. He loved how you see them.
George ‘Noodles’ Stone: [Jack has passed out on the side of the road in some bushes] Jack, I feel like we’ve done this before. I didn’t think we’d do it so soon, man. Come on, bro. Get up. Alright. There we go.
George ‘Noodles’ Stone: [to Jack, quote from trailer clip, not in the movie] You know, there’s something about when we started playing, I always knew like you were going to do something, that you’d be alright. This is the first time I worry about you. Maybe she’s aware. You know, it’s like, I don’t know, you float out, float out at sea, and then one day you find a port, say, “I’m going to stay here a few days.” A few days becomes a few years. And then you forgot where you were going in the first place. And then you realize you don’t really give a s**t about where you was going because you like where you’re at.
Jack: What are you writing down in here?
Ally: That’s my song book. I had this idea and I didn’t want to forget it.
Jack: How do you hear it?
Ally: [she begins to hum the tune and then start singing the words] I’m alone in my house.
Ally: [singing the song Look What I Found] I’m alone in my house. I’m out on the town. I’m at the bottom of the bottle, I’ve been knocking them down. I can’t get back up on my feet to see the lights on the street like stars. But look what I found. Look what I found. Another piece of my heart just laying on the ground. Under the foggy day, I’m looking for a light. And my only friend is working tonight. I can’t get myself out of bed, hear these voices in my head like a song. But look what I found. Somebody who loves me. Look what I found. Somebody who’ll carry around a piece of my heart just laying on the ground. When I met you I was blown to pieces. Heart all over the floor. Ever since you put me back together. I can’t believe it, won’t believe it. Look what you found. Yeah, baby. Look what I found. Someone who’ll carry around a piece of my heart. Look what I found. Wooh! Come on! Look what I found. Somebody who loves me. Look what we found. Somebody who’ll carry around a piece of my heart. Heart just laying on the ground.
Jack: Yeah, I think we got something there.
Ally: Oh, that’s so cool.
George ‘Noodles’ Stone: Maybe she’s a way out.
Cashier: [taking a picture of Jack with her phone] I’m sorry. Had to.
Jack: It’s alright.
Ally: It’s not really alright, but…
Jack: Have a good one.
Jack: [singing the song Shallow] Tell me something, girl, are you happy in this modern world? Or do you need more? Is there something else you’re searching for? I’m falling. In all the good times I find myself longing for change. And in the bad times I fear myself.
Ally: [singing] Tell me something boy. Aren’t you tired trying to fill that void? Or do you need more? Ain’t it hard keeping it so hardcore? I’m falling. In all the good times I find myself longing for change. And in the bad times I fear myself. I’m off the deep end. Watch as I dive in. I’ll never meet the ground. Crash through the surface, where they can’t hurt us. We’re far from the shallow now.
Jack/Ally: [singing] In the shallow, shallow. In the shallow, shallow. In the shallow, shallow. We’re far from the shallow now.
Ally: [singing] Oh, oh, oh, oh. Whoa! I’m off the deep end. Watch as I dive in. I’ll never meet the ground. Crash through the surface, where they can’t hurt us. We’re far from the shallow now.
Jack/Ally: [singing] In the shallow, shallow. In the shallow, shallow. In the shallow, shallow. We’re far from the shallow now.
Jack: [singing the song Maybe It’s Time] Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die. Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die. It takes a lot to change a man. Hell, it takes a lot to try. Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die. Nobody knows what waits for the dead. Nobody knows what waits for the dead. Some folks just believe in the things they’ve heard and the things they read. Nobody knows what awaits for the dead. I’m glad I can’t go back to where I came from. I’m glad those days are gone, gone for good. But if I could take spirits from my past and bring them here. You know I would. Know I would. Nobody speaks to God these days. Nobody speaks to God these days. I’d like to think he’s looking down and laughing at our ways. Nobody speaks to God these days. When I was a child, they tried to fool me. Said the worldly man was lost and that a Hell was real. Well I’ve seen Hell in Reno. And this world’s one big old Catherine wheel. Spinning steel. Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die. Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die. It takes a lot to change your plans. And a train to change your mind. Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die. Oh, maybe it’s time to let the old ways die.
Kam Sham says
A star is born … Kam’s film review for the few!
A star is born, thought it was gonna be another yawn! Instead I was pleasantly surprised as it depicted the rise & demise of a new & fledgling old stars.
A rock star walks into a bar & is instantly smitten by a singing & dancing kitten, that ignites a relationship with bite & vigour. Together they become bigger as one is propelled into new solo heights, but she never forgets who changed her plight!
Some heartwarming songs are prolonged to disguise the ding dongs which are fueled by drugs & alcoholic deception! The rocky relationship is exposed as the cooperate element becomes the filament of their light that begins to blight! But true love sticks until its spiked by the commercialised divisive mist that has the wrong gist as it begins to weave & twist against the duo.
Acting is real as you begin to feel the pain & gain of the couple. Characters are evolved in a natural, yet progressive & effective manner. The true traits of the rockstar life style are exposed as souls are ripped out of the idols & replaced with alien personas to match the marketing glitz.
The cracks start to appear as the career owners begin to sneer & steer the marriage apart. The ending is what was feared as commercialisation peppered with globalisation succumbs the individualism that grew the original unique seed.
There is money-chase that leads ultimately to heartache. Emotions run high & eventually dry out to commercial clout, so what one sought isn’t wot it’s all about! The record companies turn the screw as the stars become the new aroma brew. It’s an emotional rollercoaster that will bolster your anti music cooperative stance as by them life is never left to chance as you are made to dance to the tune they want to play!
Bradley & lady Gaga show real chemistry in their roles as they excel to gel in this believable storyline.
The movie is superb in its portrayal of a real life tail so sail into a cinema & nail your ticket.
Kam Copycat 2018
Amazing remake!!! Bradley is fantastic and Gaga sings. Best couple!!!!
Although I miss his brother playing on stage at the last song. Could dismiss the orchestra and bring only family/friends…
Marie A (Cincinnati, Ohio) says
I don’t see why everyone is Raving and Crying over this Movie Star is Born starring Bradley Cooper and Stephanie (Lady Gaga). I just want to say first GAG and AUGH. I already have it for Barabara Streissand which I am sorry you just can’t top her with this lame I can sing movie. I watch the how much did that cost in advertising to get Ellen TV , Good Morning American and even People TV to say such great things about it. If you paid me… I still would be a bit critical.
I just can’t see Bradley Cooper in films, his only one I thought he did okay in was American Sniper with Clint Eastwood. But come on Clint has got it going on. I think what really even saved it was Sam Elliott. Everyone likes him. Especially my favorite with him in Road House. For Stephanie she needs to go back to American Horror on FX. Cause she still looks like a monster to me. She came in this industry as a freakshow and I just can’t seem to change my mind about her. It is like Marilyn Manson when he took his makeup off. It just seemed ridiculous. If you are born that way stay that way. Plus if I would give anyone an award in this film it would be the Dog. Charlie. Kudos to the Boy!
It’s a real shame you have to be so horrible about someone’s looks. Ever thought she used her make up to cover her insecurities it’s just a shame bullies like you have to bring people that are insecure down. Them being the reason she’s probably insecure! I think she’s beautiful!
Anita Pearson says
Awesome Movie! It will make you laugh, make you cry and make you ask Why!! Must see. The songs are so passionate! Bradley Cooper is outstanding!! So talented, who knew he could sing, write songs and play guitar???
Bring on the Oscars! Best Picture, Best Director- Bradley Cooper, Best Original Song– any of them!! Best Costume- the Lady Ga Ga transformation was indeed a lot of make up… also Bradley went from aging drunk to sexy as heck. Bravo Bradley! Lady Ga Ga can sing… acting was a stretch, but it’s a musical.
Dave Chappelle is in it… his role could have been larger, but it was memorable!
I believe it’s “We’re far from the shallow now” and not “We fall from the shallow now”…
At least that’s what I heard and it’s what Billboard quotes as the lyrics to “shallow”…
MQM Webmaster says
Thanks for pointing out the error. We’ve updated it to show the correct words. If you notice anymore mistakes, please do let us know as we always appreciate it.
I seen the movie last night and I didn’t hear the line that Jacks friend Noodle says “this is the first time I’m worried about you” Did I miss it or did they leave that line out in the movie?