Jack (Bradley Cooper) is a musician who used to be famous. He meets a woman named Ally (Lady Gaga) and is immediately smitten with her and her terrific singing voice. They start to date just as Jack’s alcoholism goes further off the deep end.
Okay, I’m going to say right away that I did not like this movie. I’m not a Lady Gaga fan, and thought the music throughout the film was uninspiring until the very end of the movie. Then the very last song…still felt uninspired and unoriginal, but it almost gave me impression that it wasn’t. Okay, I’m trying to think of even one thing I liked about this movie. The plot is practically non-existent, and everything that does happens is totally cliche. Plus, it takes so long to even get to those story points that this movie just meanders on, well, pretty much anything it can. It has a few musical numbers, but I didn’t really like the music, so these scenes felt like they were there only to eat up time, truthfully almost the whole movie felt that way to me.
Okay, this is an Oscar-Bait Film. What that means is that they throw it full of melodrama so actors can look talented and maybe get an award for being so talented. The story tends to come secondary to these moments of over-dramatic emotions. The story also tends to have something controversial thrown into it because that gives them bonus points for being pertinent to something going on today. Here, it’s addiction and how it messes up your relationships though it doesn’t do much more than gloss over it to make it fit with the ending. At least Crash had themes about racism covered in an interesting way, even if I didn’t like the film at the time of its release for being the Oscar-Bait that it was. At least it had a storyline.
Okay, I thought of one thing I liked. That’s Sam Elliott’s performance, really any scene he was in I immediately perked up and took notice. Though everyone else is overacting so they can desperately pine for an Oscar later, Sam Elliot’s performance is the only one that feels real. Too bad he didn’t have more screen time as I feel his part only encompassed maybe 15 minutes, barely a fraction of the total runtime.
Unless you’re a Lady Gaga fan, or looking for a movie you can sleep through, I’d say this film is skippable.
+0: I can forgive movies for a lot of things, being boring is not one of them
+1.5: Sam Elliot’s performance, albeit underused