It’s barely October, but the movie awards season seems already in full swing. Oscarbait films are beginning to hit theaters, and one of the biggest just landed like a white-hot asteroid: A Star is Born.
And it has, at its edges, the faintest glimmer of faith, and perhaps a hint of the hope it can bring.
It’s a difficult story: With its sexual content and piled profanities, this R-rated quasi-musical sure isn’t family friendly. But beyond that, the story itself can almost crush the unwary. Cooper’s Jackson Maine becomes almost a figure out of Greek tragedy—an honorable man with a fatal flaw, and whose ultimate fate feels both crushingly heartbreaking and somehow inevitable.