Lady Gaga's career informs a character that can adapt to the times, unlike his counterpart
"Look", the rocker Jackson (Bradley Cooper) tells the unknown singer Ally (Lady Gaga) in the first minutes of A star has been born. "Talent comes everywhere, but having something to say and a way of saying it so that people hear it, is another bag." With the orange glow of a dive bar and among the murmured flirtations, Jackson urges Ally to play her own songs and never apologize for the message she wants to convey.
"Do not worry about the reason why they are listening or for how long they are going to be listening," he advises in his dog accent. "Just tell them what you want to say." Ally becomes a star with the help of Jackson, of course, and finally wins a coveted performance position in Saturday night live.
From a dark corner of the 30 Rock studio, Jackson watches as Ally plays "Why did you do that?", A simple electro-pop that includes a wide xylophone, as well as the line "Why did you come around with an ass?" So? "Jackson steps back, looking in horror as the emotional composer he pulled out of the darkness – the one who urged to deepen the composition of songs, which broke with the smoky power ballad" Shallow "with him at his side – rotates through The choreography and the lips are synchronized with their hook on national television. The implication is clear A star has been bornThe audience: Jackson interprets the SNL the performance as a bastardization of Ally's talent, and he walks away, unable to endure another soulless second.
But … Ally looks excited about the performance. And "Why did you do that?" Earn enthusiastic applause from the studio audience. Ally may be playing pop music with a plastic sheen, but she becomes tremendously successful in doing so: she has a record deal, an intelligent manager, tour dates and posters with her name. As classical history progresses, Ally continues to evolve into a strong and confident leader, while Jackson increasingly uses drugs and alcohol to numb his downward spiral; he accuses his partner of becoming artistically inauthentic, while his own career gets out of control.
The new version directed by Cooper A star has been born, released last Friday (October 5), could have been a rocker … or, at least, an anti-poptimist. There is a world in which the film explicitly defends one type of musical transmission over another and weaves its history of authenticity into an anti-bubblegum rule. the SNL The performance could have been as daunting for Ally as it was for Jackson, and she could have followed the advice of the country rock guitar hero when he reminds her she has something to say, damn it, and I should say it without words. a rhythm machine From there, Ally leaves the mainstream, Jackson helps her recover her balance as a composer, she rises with her "real" voice and the rules of rock and roll all day. That would have made for a more orderly and worse movie.
At present, the ideological debate of A star has been born it does not have a winner It is not pro-pop or anti-pop, but it sustains a world in which pop music becomes a wedge between its two protagonists; The dramatic tension drawn from the points of view of the duels of his main characters – Jackson's traditionalism versus Ally's modernism – complicates, and ultimately strengthens, the film. We can think that "Why did you do that?" It's an awkward, low-sounding single, and empathize with Jackson as he chokes to see Ally perform a song designed to sound anonymous. But we can also feel the warmth of Ally's smile when she finishes the song with a triumphant note, and think that Jackson is out of place, since she later mocks Ally's career. When Jackson mocks Ally's lyrics on his face as he looms over her in the bathtub, Ally defends his pop making as "my song," canceling her expectation that she will leave him in his musical style. Jackson has nothing to fight his challenge, so he makes fun of his wife: "You're fucking ugly."
"Why did you do that?" It is presented as a radical separation of the rooted writing of an undiscovered Ally, as demonstrated by "Shallow" and other pre-superstardom cuts such as "Always Remember Us This Way" and "Look What I Found". "The BPM changes when you hire an ingenious British manager named Rez, she gets too glamorous and reserves the SNL stage. But his career, and, by extension, pop music in general, is never presented as unsatisfactory in the second half of A star has been born. Ally is initially irritated by the expectation of a major career, but in a short time she embraces her red-haired dancers and backing, and evokes sheer joy when her character is informed during a photo shoot of a magazine that has been nominated for several Grammys We're, A star has been bornIs the audience supposed to think less about Gaga's character because she opted for a synthesizer instead of a six string to get them?
A star has been born it follows the general narrative arc of its previous iterations, but with Lady Gaga as its main actress, the film astutely nods towards its own career of change of form. From her dance-pop fame days to Springsteen's flairs on Born This Way to Joanne's country rock touch, Gaga has always dubbed pop music at will, often incorporating unorthodox artistic ideas into the mainstream ( see: Cheek to cheek, his album of duets with Tony Bennett that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200). Some of Gaga's times have been more successful than others, but the constants have been her talent and her artistic agency; She can do something totally unique and commercialized en masse without compromising her vision. The role of Gaga in A star has been born and his soundtrack is simply his latest transformation that is both traditional and friendly, but fiercely by his own creation.
"During the Fame Y The monster of fame "I was investigated and asked questions incessantly," Gaga said in a 2011 interview about her. Born this way album. "Like, this is your true self?" And I never knew what to say, I never knew how to respond. "The appointment again reminds me of the bathtub scene, where Jackson ignorantly challenges Ally to to abandon the artifice and act as the "real" of it.
There are moments in A star has been born in which the audience wonders if Ally can change the sounds without sacrificing their authenticity. After resisting back-up dancers at the beginning, can you ever fully accept the role of the conventional pop idol? However, like Gaga, Ally proves to be an expert in refracting her talent through the rules of pop music; he molds his gift to succeed, and never expresses regret or unhappiness in the context of adjusting his focus. Jackson, on the other hand, can not understand that change, leading to his frustration with Ally, as well as his own professional stalemate.
The conflict that shapes the tragedy of A star has been born It is not between pop and rock, but between an artist who can adapt to the times and another who is upset at the idea of doing so. In the middle of the tragic love story there is an examination of artistic integrity, which ultimately goes back to Jackson's original point for Ally about saying "whatever you want to say". Jackson is right when he tells Ally not to apologize for his artistic vision. I just was not ready for that vision to be pop.