I have been round long enough to have seen the original and the remakes, all of which I must say, have been worthy of my viewing.
1. Janet Gaynor and Fredric March_ 1937
2. Judy Garland and James Mason_ 1954
3. Kristoffersen and Streisand_ 1976
4. Bradley Cooper and lady Gaga_ 2018
The core theme — a love story, a drama, and a tragedy all wrapped into one, all of which have universal applications that transcend time and culture and which have unending appeal.
For me mostly, it highlights the fact that the choices we make in life, whether one is a blues-rocker, pop star, or plain Jack or Ally down the road, have rippling consequences. Sure many of us have scars from our childhoods, I know people who have had them but with help have turned their lives around for the better.
In the latest version, Jack has father issues, he chose to let that pain be numbed by drugs and alcohol. He proved that he had the power in him to rehabilitate and turn his life around. But then he couldn’t handle the fact that Ally chose a path that was not aligned with his. He couldn’t understand that she could allow herself to be manipulated by fame and fortune.
Ally’s choices also had rippling consequences on her life and the people around her. She was an unknown and through Jack, was accepted as she was, with her nose the way it was, believing in her talent and loving her as she was. Ally went against her instincts and disregarded her own advice about not been moulded by others in changing her nose, hair and body shape. Ally chose fame and sold her soul even though Jack told her that unless she sings from the depths of her soul she wouldn’t last in this business. When you look at the hits that really counted, they were sung with Jack and by herself because they were from real lived experience, from the soul.
Ally could have chosen to stay true to herself, to work with Jack to keep singing deep from the pains of her soul but instead went with her manager’s narcissistic and controlling advice.
I really don’t believe that Jack was jealous of Ally. He felt guilty after Ally’s manager’s curse words spoken over him played on his mind causing him to make dire choices that rippled across many people’s lives. I believe that Jack couldn’t imagine Ally away from him, she really understood him and he understood her, they were good for each other and circle was formed between them. But, because of the fame, he couldn’t imagine his life without her. Of course, he could have made the choice to work harder on his career, at writing more great songs, it wasn’t the audience that left him but Jack who left them.
Personally, the best music came out of them through their souls when they were true to themselves and the songs that came after Ally’s transformation were very average because they were controlled by other people’s choices.
Ally could have made the choice to stay true to herself and still be famous keeping in line with Jack, having someone who really loved her and believed in her, instead she broke that circle that was formed between them and chose greed and fame.
Both Jack and Ally could have pursued each other’s own careers individually at the expense of not been together with a long distance relationships that would have stretched their relationship.
The message I have taken out of this movie is that we can’t have it both ways: fame and fortune , true love and family, career and children, money, one will always get in the way because things in life can become idols. God intended for us to be with each other for love and support, to be together, to have a family. We cannot make idols of things in life because they will affect our relationships which are what sustain us, which help us define who we really are, not money, fortune or fame.
God said in the first commandment :-I AM THE LORD THY GOD! THOU SHALT HAVE NO OTHER GODS BUT ME! This means that one cannot worship two Gods, in this case fame and fortune.
(Numbers 18:20). “For you shall not worship any other god, for YAHveh, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (Exodus 34:14). He is jealous.
Let me know what you think, I leave you with this great soulful song from the latest version of “A Star Is Born”.https://youtu.be/bo_efYhYU2A courtesy of YOUTUBE
PRAYER: Dear Lord, show me how I can tear down idols in my life and worship You and all the things You love, through Jesus Christ Your Son. AMEN