Bradley Cooper as director? Lady Gaga as a lead actress? There were more than a few reasons to raise eyebrows at the A Star is Born remake, and just as many reasons to lower them after this emotionally powerful gem was unveiled to adoring audiences.
But what makes Cooper’s feature-film debut special is how, if you peel back the layers of what could just be a tumultuous love story, you’ll find a very subtle-yet-honest depiction of power and gender dynamics, addiction issues, and broken people trying to find their place in the world.
To analyze the cinematic connection between Jackson Maine and Ally, we’ve invited a very special guest on the podcast, a long-time fan of passion and friendship. Join us as we discuss true love, fleeting happiness, and Sam Elliott’s mustache.