Review of A STAR IS BORN – Rated R – 2 hrs. 15 mins.

A Star is born

“It’s true, the 4th time is definitely the charm ~ as the much-anticipated directorial debut of 3 time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper has finally arrived, and A STAR IS BORN has definitely been worth the wait” – Kathy Kaiser – Matineechat

A STAR IS BORN – Rated R – 2 hrs. 15 mins.

DIRECTOR:  Bradley Cooper 

WRITERS:  Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, & Will Fetters (Screenplay)

                      William A. Wellman, Robert Carson (Based on a story by)  

STARRING:  Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott, Dave Chappelle, and Andrew Dice Clay 

It’s true, the 4th time is the charm ~ as the much-anticipated directorial debut of 3 time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper has finally arrived, and A STAR IS BORN has definitely been worth the wait ~ As we are thrust into the dysfunctional life of musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper), who loves music making, but not quite as much as his constant companions: Alcohol, and older Brother Bobby (Sam Elliott).

When a chance encounter drops the beautiful, and very talented Ally (Lady Gaga) into Jackson’s life – it seems this natural beauty ~ with the voice of an angel, and exceptional musical writing abilities too~ is about to knock him right out of his boots…

Realizing how talented Ally truly is as their relationship blossoms, Jackson sets out to make her the “STAR” she is destined to be…

As they venture deeper and deeper into the world of Music, and the chaos that comes along with it, Jackson and Ally seek to find a place of “common ground”, within Ally’s skyrocketing career, and Jackson’s demons that he can’t seem to shake, thus putting a strain on both their careers, and their tumultuous relationship as well…

I give A STAR IS BORN a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN:  This film is so passionate and powerful throughout each passing frame, as you experience the perfectly cast Cooper and Gaga as musicians, lovers and soulmates.  And if the seamlessly orchestrated storyline doesn’t touch deep within your soul, then the fabulously magnificent soundtrack has to, as there is not a moment in time that you are not moved by the music within this film – regardless if its Gaga behind the mic, or Cooper performing as well.  I also hope that the “powers that be” take note of Cooper’s Directorial prowess with this film, as he made sure that every performance ~ including his own ~ was nothing sheer of absolute perfection.  Cooper also managed to make the small,  yet pivotal roles played by Clay and Chappelle, bring a palatable substance to this film.  I’m also in hopes that come awards season both Cooper and Gaga are reaping the benefits of their performances, as they are both worthy of Globe and Oscar nods for what they put upon the screen!  It’s hard to imagine that a film that has been made 4 times, can only get better with each passing decade, but its seems my friends, that this is exactly the case with this latest remake of A STAR IS BORN.  And I beg of you, please, please, please don’t wait to catch this film on the small screen, as you have to view this film on the biggest screen you can find, and with the largest sound system too!  A STAR IS BORN is truly an exceptional musical masterpiece of film, that even managed to move me more than my favorite Musical/Motion Picture – 2016’s LA LA LAND!

Kathy Kaiser