I have seen A Star is Born twice over the last four days.
This movie has basically consumed my every thought and as much as I try to get over it, I can’t. I just can’t. I feel like everywhere I go I just keep asking people if they have seen this movie, and all I want to do is talk about it ALL. DAY. LONG. The good thing is that my girlfriends seem to love the movie and much as I do, so at least I have an outlet, but at some point we have to move on to other topics and that’s when I’m back to being my grief stricken self, listening to Shallow on repeat while searching for articles about this movie. As I said, I just can’t get over it.
This is my current mental state when it comes to this movie:
I’m also so inspired.
But, I’m really just in awe of the art that was created between Gaga and Cooper and I’m just so THANKFUL that they exist and that they created something so so beautiful.
I’m also really f$%king heartbroken.
I walked in to the movie blindly on Thursday, having only started listening to the soundtrack the week before and I left a sobbing mess, but a mess that just wanted more. I swear I could barley sleep that night and after listening to the soundtrack on repeat all day Friday, I spent the better part of the afternoon looking up articles about the film and watching interviews because I just needed to know all there was to know about the making of this movie.
It turns out that this movie is what it is because of the passion and true artistry that went into it. You have a first time director, who doesn’t sing and doesn’t play guitar, casting himself as a famous musician, who chose his leading lady after five minutes of singing with her (and it just so happens that she’s not really an actress). They both feel so deeply in love with the script and the story that each of them pushed themselves to be the best they can be, and together they created movie MAGIC. If that isn’t inspiring, I don’t know what is. To tell such an authentic love story in such a real and accurate way is truly an anomaly these days. I’m just so grateful that these two stars took this leap together because it has really changed the way I look at my own work, and life, and damnit, that soundtrack is one of the best things I’ve ever heard.
For those of you who are looking to take a deep dive into this movie (no real pun intended), here are some links to a few things that have made me love this movie even more.
First, the question we are all asking, how did Bradley Cooper look so hot in the movie? Oh, and in case there was any question, he’s pretty damn hot in real life too. Here he is person in one of the few interviews that he did to promote this film. The one thing that I didn’t know is that Cooper is an incredibly private person. So private in fact that there is almost no information in this NYT profile, yet it tells so much about the kind of guy he is. He’s also incredibly smart and amazingly hardworking, and this Vanity Fair article details so many of the thoughtful details he put into this movie.
Then there is GaGa. I mean, I liked her before but now I am just totally and utterly in awe of here. This interview with Steve Colbert is really incredible (I’ve watched it three times) and this is hilarious and so right on! She is such a powerhouse! That VOICE. I could watch this breakdown of that scene a thousand times and not tire of it. The rawness and vulnerability that she was able to portray is something I won’t soon forget.
Finally, the midcentury house from the film has been found. Man, what I wouldn’t do to visit that place…
Are any of you as moved by this movie as I am? I really don’t think I’ll ever get over it. If you’d like to discuss in the comments, you know I’m all in! Xx