When the most recent remake of A Star is Born was announced, it was met with wide-skepticism. After all, it is the third remake of the 1937 classic which starred Janet Gaynor. Then there was the Judy Garland version in 1954, and the Barbra Streisand version in 1976. Did we really need a new one? Well, the reviews are in and the answer seems to be… yes.
The newest version starring Lady Gaga as Ally, the struggling musician who is launched to fame by Jackson Maine, played by Bradley Cooper, has been getting rave reviews. Ally’s ascension mirrors Jackson’s self-destruction as his battle with addiction quickly becomes a losing one. Lady Gaga has also been earning rave reviews for her performance, and with that, a fair amount of Oscar buzz.
But it’s Gaga’s comments at the Toronto International Film Festival, where A Star Is Born is having its gala premiere, that are currently drawing headlines. She was asked during the TIFF press conference for the film about how struggles with addiction affect artists, and where is the responsibility of those who love them to step in.
She responded, saying…
“I think what would be wonderful, not just for artists but for the whole world, is that we intervene early in life when we see people struggling.”
She went on…
“I think that fame is very unnatural. It’s important that we guide artists and take care of them on a psychological level as they begin to rise. Because everything changes. The truth is, people think that we change, but it’s not us that changes, it’s everyone around us that changes. I think that intervening early, teaching people about kindness, teaching people about compassion, teaching people about how to reach out and be there for someone, even when they don’t even know that they’re sad — it might be so deep that can’t even pinpoint it — I think that that’s very important.”
She also had this to say on the subject on the red carpet…
“Artists are not the only people in the world that suffer. I hope that what people take away from this movie is that addiction changes people’s lives; substance abuse changes families and what we have to do as human kind is to intervene earlier in life.”- Lady Gaga pic.twitter.com/hxemN9QCmy
— Celes ✰ | (@MonsterCe) September 9, 2018
Of course, one of the complexities of dealing with an illness such as addiction, is that friends and family cannot force someone to seek help. It is up to the individual. However, addiction is, in many ways, a disease of isolation and loneliness. Her point about connectivity being a buoy for those struggling cannot be overstated.
People are pumped for the movie…
I am a huge Lady Gaga fan and don't typically like Pop music. In many ways the story seems to reflect her own journey. Albeit her character is very different than her in type of music. I can't wait for this one and it will be a welcome relief from Trump.
— Carrie Resists! (@CarrieDN1) September 1, 2018
Dude it’s rare that a redux gets it right, this is gonna be good!
— Todd Myrick (@WToddMyrick) September 1, 2018
This movie will be Incredible!
— Deb (@debanderson1193) September 2, 2018
— J Girl (@jerseygirl85331) September 1, 2018
Some got nostalgia for remakes of days past…
I loved the original.
— PeggyMic-Cherrington. (@PeggyMi59) September 1, 2018
When I was a senior in HS, I wore Barbra Streisand “A Star Is Born” graphic Ts to school.
— Steve Fay (@LeoBaileysDad) September 9, 2018
Judy Garland and Lady Gaga
A Star Is Born ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/qJDlyt9e9q
— A Star Is Born (@ASIBFilm) September 7, 2018
And most were just thrilled at the rave reviews and Oscar buzz silencing the Gaga haters…
Yes It is. pic.twitter.com/OCRjVbEGzN
— Theus Loves Music⭐ (@HelloTeus) September 8, 2018
— Idror (@ro__espii) September 8, 2018
The Haters are shaking
— Team_NachoVarga (@Giopyyy) September 8, 2018
— Nico Capriccio (@WeSmokinEmAlll) September 9, 2018
— =-HUMAN-=04073524 ⭐ (@Miguel31395) September 9, 2018
— School Boy (@xoxschoolboyxox) September 10, 2018
— ramiro yañez (@ramigolrey) September 10, 2018
We cannot wait to see this.