When I tell you that my entire sleeve of my jacket was soaked, because I was wiping my face to hide the fact that I was bawling my eyes out, is NOT an exaggeration. You will need a box of tissue at this movie, and it will be the entire box.
Movies about music are my absolute favorite. I will watch anything if it has something to do with music. With that said, I’m always weary because it’s either really great, or really bad, no real in between. I was looking forward to this movie since the trailer teaser and it did not disappoint.
Tears and acting aside, lets talk about the main concept of this film, MUSIC. I bet you didn’t know that Bradley Cooper could sing, did you? Let’s be honest, I didn’t either. Well lets just start with the first song that kicked off the movie, “Black Eyes”. Perfect song to open the story. Good guitarist. Good singer. This movie is about a rockstar, Jackson Maine, played by Bradley Cooper.
He soon stumbles into a bar where he lays eyes on Ally, the only female singer in a drag bar, and he’s immediately taken back by her voice and natural beauty. They spend the evening together where she tells him that she doesn’t sing her own songs because she doesn’t “look good enough”, but to Jackson, she’s beautiful.
I know what you’re thinking, this is just another cheesy love story, boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, happily ever after, the end. Well think again because this movie is far from that. The true struggles of drugs and rock and roll are told, and in the end all I’ll say is, love does not win.
But back to the music. The film is filled with AMAZING songs by both Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, including my favorite “Always Remember Us This Way”. I think as I listen to it even now, the day after, I still get teary eyed. The films main song “Shallow”, was the song that brought the two together on the stage for the first time. A song written by Ally, and brought to life by the two of them. “Diggin’ My Grave” is another favorite of mine. Such a rock and roll song, and I love hearing her sing songs like this. Let’s not forget the beautiful ballad that brings the film to it’s famous end, “I’ll Never Love Again”. The song that had the whole audience in tears. Beautiful.
I’m sure there’s so much more left to be said about each song and the film as a whole, but for now I think I’ve given you enough for you to rush to the theaters. For those of you who don’t know this film is a re-make, of a re-make. I can already say that this latest one is the best version yet. Grab a box of tissues and head to the theater.