Karen and I saw this movie for our date night, last night. I was absolutely AMAZING, from start to finish. The music in this movie is just as good, and I have already bought the soundtrack on CD.
This specific song is a very powerful piece within the movie, and foreshadows so much of what the film and story are about. It's also a very moving performance in the film.
So, I have watched all of the prior versions of A Star Is Born over the past year (since this version was announced for this weekend's release). My favorite, among those, has always been the 1954 version, starring Judy Garland and James Mason; and I felt that in many ways, this version of the story was as similarly powerful as that one had been.
(Spoiler Alert Ahead)
Even though I was watching a movie, where I knew the story very well, and also knew what to expect to see happen in the development (or should I say fall)
of the main male character while the female lead struggles to rise within her new found light, the story telling still kept me riveted in my seat.
The hardest part was in knowing that this version of the story stayed true to the original, and 1954 telling, and waiting to see how Jackson (Bradley Cooper) would choose to sacrifice himself in order to set Ally (Lady Gaga) free to be her own star.
In the 1976 version of A Star Is Born, starring Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, the male lead character of John is more of a self absorbed womanizer, than a self destructive lover. The death scene is played out to be a drunken accident brought on by reckless abandon and over indulgence in alcohol. There is no dark self sacrifice implied, and no noble act of love in order to finally set Esther free from his destructive path. She is just left alone and empty.
The 2018 version of A Star Is Born restores the passion and deep love between the characters, and restores the Romeo and Juliette-esque self sacrifice by both characters as they attempt to show complete love and devotion to the other person.