REVIEW: ‘A Star Is Born’ shines with Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga

Promotional image for "A Star is Born."

“A Star Is Born” is centered on the start of two very promising musical careers. Bradley Cooper as Jackson is a standout, both starring in the film and making his directorial debut. In addition, Lady Gaga, who portrays Ally, shines in one of her first major film roles.

This film follows Ally’s budding musical career as well as the growing romance between the two characters. “A Star Is Born” is well-acted, well-put together and is a story that isn’t afraid of making you emotional.

Overall, there are a number of things that work well in this film. Bradley Cooper was very believable in the role of Jackson Maine, a popular musician who struggles with a number of personal demons. His character was complex and sympathetic and stands out from the crowd of macho male heroes. Also, the chemistry between the main characters was very authentic and tender.

From a film-making perspective, it was very well made. Although it’s far from a comedy, the jokes were well-timed, which helped with the tone of the film.

The pacing felt smooth. The movie was at the right length to tell the story well without dragging it out. Finally, the cinematography amplified the intimacy and when necessary, the space between the characters.

However, there were some aspects of the film that were less successful. For a film that puts so much focus on the music, the soundtrack was a bit lackluster.

While there are a few songs that stand out, most of them are forgettable. Although Gaga’s voice was fantastic as usual, the songs did not seem to do her justice.

Since the majority of this movie deals with the emotional struggles of its main characters, at times it can feel a bit pessimistic. Finally, there are a number of confusing stylistic choices particularly involving the character of Ally.

Despite these flaws, “A Star Is Born” is a worthwhile watch and is something I recommend to anybody looking for a good story. The romantic chemistry and Cooper’s deep blue eyes kept my attention; it tells a story worth watching.

Abigail Compton is a sophomore in fine arts. The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Collegian. Please send comments to