Grade A+

An emotionally troubled musician/singer (played by Bradley Cooper) whose career is on a downward slide meets a young singer (played by Lady Gaga) who is highly talented but doesn’t believe much in herself.  They instantly form a connection that quickly grows into love; and Lady Gaga joins Cooper on his tour as one of his performers, collaborating on new songs and the start of a new life together.  Lady Gaga’s star rises at breakneck speed while Cooper’s addictions and physical impairment weighs heavily not just on Cooper but everyone around him.  The love Lady Gaga and Cooper have for each other is strong, but it may not be enough to save their relationship.

My most memorable, movie moment of “A Star Is Born” is the scene that shows Cooper’s solution to unburden Lady Gaga of his troubles.   Although it doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone who pays close attention to the movie, it is still painful to see.

This is one of those rare movies that has characters who come off as so real that the audience gets emotionally invested in them from the beginning.   Add to this spectacular acting and singing performances by Cooper and Lady Gaga, great songs, brilliant direction by first timer Cooper, and masterful editing, “A Star Is Born” will take its place as one of the best movies ever made.

— M