'It's Very Anti-Pop': A Star Is Born Explained

In just nine days, we’ll be basking in yet another Oscars ceremony, this one with no host, fewer awards, and probably an exponential increase in disaster. To help you prepare for the schadenfreude, we’ve enlisted our beloved former Jezebel Managing Editor, Madeleine Davies, to walk you through the plot of every Best Picture nominee.

In this edition, she tackles A Star Is Born, Lady Gaga’s Best Actress bet and Bradley Cooper’s Rosebud, a timeless tale about love and destruction on the road seen through the eyes of two ramblin’ musicians. Though Davies does not make the case for A Star Is Born 2 being a simple buddy comedy about scene-stealer drag performers Shangela and Willem, she does make the case that ASIB is anti-pop, a rockist vehicle of a certain recent vintage. She gets into it in the video above.


Associate Producer: Kayra Clouden, Creative Producer: Joon Chung



I would say that the ultimate failure of this movie was how much it revolved around Cooper’s perspective. The previous versions of ASIB, the woman was the center of the film (seeing as how SHE is the star that is born), which actually makes his decline feel more out of control and heartbreaking. But, I guess since Cooper was directing, he was more interested in his making of the star than the star’s making itself, who knows.