Director: Bradley Cooper
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga
Did the world really need another remake of ‘A Star is Born’? Bradley Cooper seemed to think so, and we’re glad he did. This reimagining centres around Ally (played expertly by Lady Gaga in her leading-lady debut), a wannabe singer whose career takes off thanks to the help of weathered-rockstar-turned-lover Jackson Maine (Cooper). It’s a film that gives an insight into the intense relationships that can form between creatives, exploring how loving and volatile they can be, and it handles themes of addiction, mental health and jealousy with a soft and tender hand. It’s the film’s first third, however, that really gives it that romantic punch as Jackson and Ally, following a serendipitous meeting at a cabaret bar, spend the night together sharing stories from their lives. It’s a throwback love-at-first-sight moment lifted right from the Hollywood of yesteryear.