DVD: A Star Is Born
Runtime: 136 minutes
Age restriction: 16DLS
Special Features: Music videos
Reviewed by: Gareth Drawbridge
Review made possible by: Empire Entertainment
‘Fame doesn’t fulfil you. It warms you a bit, but that warmth is temporary.’
Although this quote is attributed to Marilyn Monroe, the words accurately sum up the empty and jaded life of Jackson ‘Jack’ Maine (played brilliantly by Bradley Cooper) in the powerful romantic drama A Star is Born.
Jack is a hard drinking country musician who, despite being exceptionally talented and having adoring fans, is trapped in his own private hell.
Late one night, after a show, Jack is in desperate need of a drink, so he stops at a drag bar. It’s a stop which will have far-reaching consequences as it leads to a chance encounter with Ally (Lady Gaga), a talented singer/songwriter who has just about given up on her dream of making it in the music industry.
Inspired by her honesty and the kind of artist she is, Jack invites her to his next show, where he thrusts her into the spotlight and invites her onstage to sing with him.
The response from the audience is overwhelming, so Jack takes Ally on tour with him and while they are out on the road, the two fall hopelessly in love. However, Jack’s demons are always standing in the wings and waiting backstage, threatening to destroy him.
After several blinding performances, Ally’s popularity grows and she is approached by Rez (Rafi Gavron), a smooth-talking record producer who offers her a deal to make her dream come true.
Sadly, as Ally’s star begins to rise and she transforms from a country artist with integrity to a generic pop princess, Jack begins to crash and burn.
A Star is Born is Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut and a remake of the 1937 film of the same name. This is a powerful, moving and captivating story which features some strong performances and a beautiful soundtrack.
A Star is Born is now available on DVD.