Stevie’s review published on Letterboxd:
Y’all. I’m losing my entire GAY MIND!!!!
Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show-stopping, spectacular, etc.... it’s not a cautionary tale about the art of celebrity as much as it is a modern retelling of Faust (which is made pretty clear at the end). It’s not a story about the loss of innocence as much as it is a story about not growing up. And it’s not a catchy pop song as much as it is a night at the opera. It attempts to be an amalgamation of pop culture in the 21st century told on a biblical scale and for the most part, it succeeds.
I totally get why people aren’t liking this; it’s cold, it’s uncompromising, there’s not a single sympathetic character, and for some viewers it might be more confrontational than enjoyable. The biggest complaint seems to be the jarring shift between the first act and the second but if you’re asking me, it all works. The intimate and quiet nature of the first act is replaced with chaos in both visuals and dialogue to really convey where this character is now and what she’s become, and Raffey Cassidy completely sells both acts alone.
Sorry to be a bitch.... but this really is everything A Star Is Born wishes it was.... many will deny it but it’s the truth!