I always imagined myself to be a cool mom. I also thought I was a cool granny. But just this weekend, this illusion was rudely shattered.
On Saturday evening I went to see a movie that is playing for the second week in Mumbai’s cinemas. This, in itself is a rarity for English movies rarely play for a week these days. This is partly due to the fact that our indigenous movie industry has grown up. Bollywood, Tollywood and any other Wood , produce equally good if not better movies than Hollywood.
However, when both Anna Shetty and Daughter No. 1 said almost simultaneously, “Mom, you must see ‘A Star is Born”, I thought I’d better listen. If both of them recommended it highly and said that I should watch it alone if no one else was willing, it had to be a good movie. Besides I had seen the Barbara Streisand one . That was a lifetime ago. I don’t remember a thing about it save the names of the lead actors but I knew that I enjoyed that one.
So “A star is Born ” was written on my cards.
Luckily for me , Hubby Dear aka the reluctant movie goer agreed to accompany me to the late evening show. He surprised me by actually buying the tickets earlier in the day. Unlike most people who buy tickets on line, we actually go to the theatre and buy it. So this was a big thing.
It has been more than 6 months since I last saw a movie in a theatre. And, I think it has been more than a year since Hubby and I went for a movie and dinner date. So this was a Red-Letter Day after all.
With everything sorted out, we set out well in time for the show. Settling down after the mandatory National Anthem, I was all prepared for an enjoyable night out .
I was warned by my girls who know my opinion about drugs and alcohol yet I was disturbed when I saw Jackson Maine ( the gorgeously handsome Bradley Cooper who has also directed this movie)pop a few pills right at the beginning . Then when I saw him, a grungy looking , aging pop star, I got even more put off .
Seeing Ally ( Lady Gaga) didn’t help – she looked like another girl who had never had a bath. The meeting of Jackson and Ally at a Gay bar was another scene that disturbed me . In fact, the film got progressively worse . I felt sick when Jackson said he sired by a 63 year old man who had knocked up an 18 year old girl. How dysfunctional was the movie ?
Despite Bradley Cooper’s puppy dog eyes,I just couldn’t see the romance in the story . Lady Gaga came across as a brash, bratty performer and not the shy, ingenue she was supposed to be .
As for the language – it was unbearably crude.
So when the interval was announced we walked out .
Yet as we were leaving , I realised that most of the audience was white haired and arthritic. Where were all the youngsters who this movie was targetted at? Hubby Dear of course pointed out that it was Saturday night and most Millennials would be partying.
Then it struck me that most of the golden oldies who made up crowd were possibly aging Hippies too who had been there and done that.
Totally unsuitable for a prudish, senior citizen audience.
I’m leaving you with a clip of the movie.
I hope you enjoyed this movie .
I know for sure that the next time I go for a movie I will read the review on Rotten Tomatoes!
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Ciao and hope you have a good week!