Saturday, October 27, 2018

A Star is Born (2018)

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"Bradley Cooper has constructed a broad bridge between life and death, art and capital, success and failure. But it is also a narrow one, so therefore, Jack and Ally can only cross this chasm alone, and must gamble whether or not they will meet again on the other side. The startling sincerity and disarming beauty of this stems from the film's earnest pursuit of a true self, beneath the singing and the posturing, and its hope that two true selves could persist together. The tragedy, it seems, is that this co-existence is attainable, but not without an unlearning of the world." From Mubi Notebook

A Star is Born is not a great film, but it is an intimate one. It maintains a strong sense of itself, pulling the audience closer, rather than pushing, hiding, or dividing. Lady Gaga holds the film together with a deep vulnerability that comes primarily through her eyes. She was impressively human.

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