The following Blu-ray was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
I won’t Lie, I’m not a country music fan, nor am I a fan of movies about singing and romance and all that stuff. I was however a teenager in the early 90’s , and as I am a male I was a huge fan of Andrew “Dice” Clay. I still like him to be honest. And I have always found him to be a good actor. So when I found out he had a small part in A Star is Born as Lady Gaga’s father I knew I needed to watch this film. Plus the fact it was so acclaimed helped me a bit as well.
A Star is Born stars Bradley Cooper as Jack Maine. He’s a Country Western singer managed by his brother Bobby. He’s also a horrible drunk junkie who suffers from tinnitus. He’s essentially a giant mess. One night after a show he heads off to a bar and meets Ally (Lady Gaga) she’s a waitress and aspiring singer songwriter. Jack sees her perform and becomes enamored with her. Jack convinces her to go on his new music tour with him and they quickly fall in love. Then it pretty much goes downhill.
A record producer notices Ally and offers her a contract. Catch is he wants her, not Jack, and he also wants her to stop singing that horrible county music and switch to pop music, good advice if you ask me. Jack acts cool about it and after a nice drunk binge proposes to Ally and the two get married. Then they fight a lot, mainly because Jack is a horrible drunk who rents Ally’s new music and image. She wins a few Grammy's and he is kind enough to show up drunk to the ceremony, come up on stage with her, piss his pants and pass out. From there things get depressing.
Yes, I say from there. This film is depressing as hell. I can see why Clint Eastwood was going to be the original director. It’s a good film, in fact it’s a great film. Copper gives an amazing performance as Jack, and in turn he does an amazing job as the director of this picture as well. He did so well he was nominated for Best Actor, and best director at this year’s Oscars. Gaga was fantastic as well, herself even receiving a Best actress and best song nomination. Heck while we’re at it it also received a best picture nomination as well.
As fantastic as Cooper and Gaga are the supporting cast is great as well. Sam Elliott shines as Bobby, Jacks manager / brother / babysitter. He goes from a caretaker of sorts to Jack, to an almost estranged enemy, back to loving brother. It’s one of his better performances. Then you have Andrew “Dice” Clay as Lorenzo, Ally’s loving father who absolutely steals the scene at the Grammys when he confronts Jack and after brow beating him makes him realize it’s time to clean up his act. Dave Chappelle is even in this as Noodles, Jacks friend and fellow musician. He gives a really good performance as well. Every one shines no matter how big or small the role.
The soundtrack is not my type of music but as I stated before it has received man the accolades. Cooper and Gaga have fantastic chemistry together. They make a fantastic pair and hopefully we will see them act opposite each other in more films.
Warner Brothers is releasing this on Blu-ray and I must say it’s a fantastic transfer. The video transfer is immaculate, and the, music is so crisp it booms from the speakers. It’s actually one of the best transfers in terms of audio that I have come across in recent years.
As I stated it’s a great film, with a great cast but if you’re expecting a feel good romance think again. The film is very depressing in many spots and if you get emotional during films it will definitely tug on all your emotions so you will want to have a box of tissues handy. All that aside this film deserves all the praise it gets. I highly recommend going out and picking this one up.
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars!