Why 'A Star Is Born' Is The Remake Everyone's Talking About
by Kristine Sage
5 months ago
It has been less than a week since the release of the Hollywood remake of ‘A Star Is Born’, an American musical romantic drama film based on a heavy-drinking musician who falls in love with a young, struggling unknown singer. This rendition, produced and directed by its own leading man Bradley Cooper (his directorial debut), is the fourth version from the original one in 1937.
A brief history: talks of this version of the remake began in 2011, with Clint Eastwood attached to direct, and Beyonce set to star. Other stars who were involved in the rumours include Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith, Johnny Depp, and Tom Cruise. Beyonce left the project on October 9, 2012. It wasn’t until March 2016 that Cooper signed on to star and direct, and Lady Gaga joined the cast in August later that year.
So far, they’re winning big in the box office, grossing at US $71 million worldwide, receiving critical acclaim, with praise for Cooper and Gaga’s performances, Cooper’s direction, the screenplay, the cinematography, and the music. Heavily tipped to win at the Oscars, the R-rated, adult-skewing, star-driven romantic drama is an unconventional movie doing really well.
The film’s marketing orientation was based heavily on the pure talent of its cast. Warner Brothers sold Bradley Cooper’s triumphant directorial debut, and Lady Gaga’s unveiling of her full potential as a star. Complete with well-received original tunes for its soundtrack (which are already garnering top ranking on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music), the film is definitely glowing in reviews and people are talking Oscars.
A bulk of the success of the film can be credited to the music. After meeting with Lukas Nelson (son of country music singer Willie Nelson), Bradley Cooper asked him to help work on the film. Lukas Nelson subsequently met Lady Gaga and wrote songs alongside her, and the soundtrack, performed by leading stars Gaga and Cooper themselves, was released on October 5, 2018. The soundtrack itself already takes fans on a journey, mirroring the experience of watching the film.
This was a “movie remake done right”, where the film stayed true to a rock-solid narrative structure, stripped of special effects, pop culture awareness, and larger-than-life spectacles. The movie had no frills, and that’s what made it so beautifully old-fashioned, yet timeless. It is a true testament as to how movie remakes can actually be done right.
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