ABC Film Challenge – Best of 2018 – A – A Star is Born (2018)

Director: Bradley Cooper

Writer: Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters (Screenplay) Moss Hart, John Gregory Dunne, Joan Didion, Frank Pierson, Williams A Wellman, Robert Carson (Original Screenplay)

Starring: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay, Rafi Gavron, Anthony Ramos, Dave Chappelle, Alec Baldwin


Plot: A musician helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.


Runtime: 2 Hours 15 Minutes


There may be spoilers in the rest of the review


Verdict: Musical Enjoyment


Story: A Star is Born starts when rock star Jackson (Cooper) looking for another drink stumbles into a drag bar, he sees working class woman Ally (Gaga) perform on stage, instantly he knows she has talent and learns more about her, bring her on stage for his latest show.

When Ally becomes an overnight success story the two-start performing together which only attractions more record labels who come calling to make Ally the next biggest star in the music world which soon sees her become more famous than Jack whose own problems could bring an end to his fame.


Thoughts on A Star is Born


Characters – Ally is a hotel worker that performers in a local drag bar after being rejected by record labels before. She meets rock star Jack who encourages to perform, first with him and soon the world wants to see her become the biggest star in the music industry. Ally must learn about the world around her, one she has never stepped foot in before or become consumed by it. Jack is the rock star who sees Ally believing she could become a star, he offers her a chance to perform which sets her on her way, Jack however has his own problems with drinks and drugs would could finish his own career just as Ally’s is about to take off. These two characters do take centre stage for the most part, we do see family that support as well as friends who see their friend get to levels of fame they never thought they could.

PerformancesBradley Cooper gives one of his best performances of his career here, not just on front of the camera, but behind it too. He manages to make us feel like his problems are real, which are problem many musicians could be facing. Lady Gaga was always going to be a wonderful choice for the singing side of the film, it was the acting side people wanted to see if she could handle, she does a good job through the film managing to show the bond the two have throughout the film. the supporting cast are good without needing to be challenged to reach the levels of the lead two actors.

StoryThe story follows the rise of a musician after being discovered by an alcoholic rock star. We know this is a remake, so we know this had been modernised to tell an old story which deals with the modern problems of fame for musicians. We see how one side is taking every opportunity thrown her way and the other than has been watching his career fade away because of alcoholism and drug abuse. This is a great story of how important taking chances are and how success can ruin lives. The story does however become slightly slow paced because we just jump into a song to cover up anything that needs to be talked about more.

Music/RomanceThe music in the film is good with songs that Gaga performs with ease. The romance between the two shows how they can support each other through the lives they didn’t know they would be going through.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show the journey that Ally takes from the small venue to awards ceremony showing here rise to fame.

Scene of the Movie –
First song.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The rise feels too fast.

Final ThoughtsThis is a great look at how the fame can affect lives in the music industry, we get strong performances from Cooper and Gaga who both shine through the film.


Overall: Great Music based movie.




Remember Me (2010)

logoDirector: Allen Coulter

Writer: Will Fetters (Screenplay)

Starring: Robert Pattinson, Chris Cooper, Lena Olin, Pierce Brosnan, Emilie De Ravin, Tate Ellington, Gregory Jbara, Ruby Jerins


Plot: Tyler (Pattinson) is a troubled young man dealing with a family tragedy, he has a disapproving father Charles (Brosnan) but a loving remarried mother Diane (Olin), Tyler also looks out for his little sister Caroline (Jerins). After trying to do the right thing on a night out by breaking up a fight Tyler ends up being arrested by Sgt. Neil Craig (Cooper). Sgt. Craig has his own personally demons after his wife was murdered in a senseless crime, he spends his life trying to keep his daughter Ally (De Ravin) protected from the world because of that incident.


When Tyler’s best friend Aidan (Ellington) finds out about Sgt. Craig’s daughter also studies at the university with the both, Aidan tries to force Tyler to try and get back at the Sgt. after Tyler uses his smooth lines to get a date with Ally. Tyler and Ally start getting on and this new romantic interest starts to help Tyler heal some of his personal wounds from the tragedy, leading them both to get both feeling happier with their lives. After the truth comes out all seems to be working in their favours and everyone is closer in life then they have been in years until a fresh tragedy changes everyone’s lives forever.


Verdict: Nice romantic film with a shocking twist


Story: When it comes to this story I found it was very simple mixing a romantic angle that was meant for revenge, with two struggling families who can’t put something behind then leaving them very split emotionally. We see how both Tyler and Ally have struggled with very real loss in their families but in their own way have moved on, while others have struggled to do so. Tyler is strong for his whole family and goes to lengths to make sure his father treats his daughter the same even though a son is gone. The story doesn’t push you in any direction and really is very easy to follow until the shocking twist at the end. (8/10)


Actor Reviews


Robert Pattinson: Tyler the rebellious young man who is struggling with the loss of his brother, his disapproving father and lack of direction that his life is going in. When he meets Ally his life changes he becomes happy again and stands up for his little sister who is being ignored by their father. This is a great performance from Pattinson who shows he really can act. (9/10)


Emilie De Ravin: Ally after seeing her mother murdered she has lived a very sheltered life because of her father, but Tyler helps her break out even if it starts out for the wrong reasons she learns she can’t be held back by the past. Good performance from Emilie who fits the role very well. (8/10)

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Pierce Brosnan: Charles the father of Tyler who is very stuck in his office work and not making enough time for his family due to the loss of his son. Good performance from Pierce showing that he can plan a slightly more unlikable character even if it was only for the wrong reasons. (7/10)


Chris Cooper: Neil the cop father for Ally, who has been dealing with his wife’s death for 10 years now as he was unable to stop it happening. Good performance from Cooper playing the over protective father. (7/10)


Director Review: Allen Coulter – Good direction to create a solid love story, good emotional drama and a film that will make you think about yourself. (8/10)


Drama: Solid drama throughout showing how the two families have been dealing with tragedies in their lives. (8/10)

Romance: Simple romantic story that is only there to be the motivation for the characters to grow in other areas. (7/10)

Chemistry: Good chemistry between Robert and Emilie for the romantic angle. (8/10)

Settings: New York always makes a great setting for a drama as it reflexes how fast life is really moving. (9/10)

Suggestion: I think it would be fair to say many people would be put off by a film with Robert Pattinson in due to the Twilight films, get over it he can act, give this a go and you will be rewarded with a solid film. (Try It)


Best Part: The school scene after Tyler’s sister has been bullied.

Worst Part: The love story isn’t the most original.

Funniest Scene: After the school scene, Charles comments will give you a smirk in a more serious film.

Believability: Because of the ending this could be true for so many people. (7/10)

Chances of Tears: There is a good chance of tears at the end. (5/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $56,032,889

Budget: $16 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 8 Minutes

Tagline: Live in the moments.


Overall: Underrated Romantic Drama

Rating 80

The Lucky One (2012)

logoDirector: Scott Hicks

Writer: Will Fetters (Screenplay) Nicholas Sparks (Novel)

Starring: Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner, Riley Thomas Stewart, Jay R. Ferguson


Plot: Logan (Efron) is a marine serving in Iraq, when finds a photo with the words ‘keep safe’ on. Moments later his unit is wiped out in an attack, Logan credits the photo as his guardian angel. Once he returns he sets out on a quest to find the girl in the photo. Once he meets her Beth (Schilling) he can’t tell her why he has tracked her down and gets tangled up in a relationship and her family.


Verdict: A very good romantic story

Story: I knew very little about this film when I put it in, all I knew was it was a romantic drama with the kid from High School Musical.  When I put it in I was rewarded with a very good love story that pulls at the heart strings. The story checks off a lot if the marks needed for a love story and gives you enough will they won’t they feel going on throughout. (8/10)


Actor Review: Zac Efron – Logan the marine looking for his guardian angel. Zac has come on leaps and bounds from that teenage star, this is a much more mature performance that proves he could be something special in the years to come. Star Performance Award (9/10)


Actor Review: Taylor Schilling – Beth caring mother and owner of a dog training facility. Taylor is great in the role having to fight her emotions for Logan and the love for her own son. Watch out for this actress she could be something big in the years to come. (8/10)


Director Review: Scott Hicks – This guy knows how to put together a great drama together and continues the streak here. (9/10)

Drama: Great drama telling a good story. (9/10)

Romance: Very nice romantic story showing that just being there can be all you need. (9/10)

Special Effects: Some very good special effects used in the opening war time scenes. (8/10)

Believability: tough to believe but love can be a strange master. (1/10)

Chances of Tears: Has potential for a couple by the end of the film. (5/10)

Settings: Set in the backdrop of Louisiana giving the film some great locations scenes. (8/10)

Suggestion: Any guy looking for a good serious film for a date night this is one to check out, it has some funny moments to take away from the serious story. It will leave you with a warm happy feeling inside. (Date Night Sorted)


Best Part: The rain storm.

Favourite Quote: Logan ‘Finding something like that in a war is like finding an angel in hell. So I kept it with me.’

Oscar Chances: None

Chances of Sequel: No

Similar Too: The Notebook


Overall: Great love story that starts in the strangest of places.


Rating 85