As the awards season approaches, movie studios are producing big blockbusters and starting to release potential Oscar contenders. This year’s fall movie lineup is filled with countless movies bound to win the hearts of their audiences.
A Star is Born, directed by Bradley Cooper, is a remake of the 1937 movie directed by William A. Wellman. This Warner Media (The Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc.) film follows the lives of Jackson Maine, played by Bradley Cooper, a singer who struggles with alcoholism, and Ally Campana, played by Lady Gaga, a young singer-songwriter Jackson met after watching her performance at a drag bar. Their relationship blossoms, but while Ally’s career takes off, Jackson struggles and fights through the consequences of his alcohol addiction.
“A Star Is Born” grossed almost $43 million during its opening weekend. Bradley Cooper’s directing debut was rated a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes with a critic consensus that, “‘A Star is Born’ is a remake done right and a reminder that some stories can be just as effective in the retelling.”
“A Star is Born” has the potential to win numerous Oscar Awards this season. “It has the muscle to achieve what only three films in movie history ever have: Win all five major Academy Awards,” said Variety Magazine critic Kristopher Tapley. The five major Academy Awards include Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, and Best Actress.
Marvel’s latest film, “Venom,” was directed by Ruben Fleischer and centers around the titular alien and its symbiotic relationship with journalist Eddie Brock. Brock, played by Tom Hardy, fuses with Venom while investigating the infamous scientist Carlton Drake, played by Riz Ahmed, resulting in the calamity and destruction that ensues throughout the film.
The Sony Production grossed $461 million at the box office, though reviews suggest that viewers were less than pleased. Rotten Tomatoes rated the movie a 30% on the Tomatometer.
“Is it a comedy? Is it an action film? [Venom] makes no pretense of being more than a superhero film,” commented The Mary Sue’s top critic, Kate Gardner. Despite the harsh reviews of respected critics, Rotten Tomatoes’ audience rating was 88%.
“First Man,” directed by Damien Chazelle, details the journey of Neil Armstrong, played by Ryan Gosling, as the first human to walk on the moon. The film also stars Claire Foy as Janet Armstrong, Neil Armstrong’s wife. The film examines the process Armstrong underwent while preparing for the moon mission, as well as the personal stressors he endured internally and with his own family with the threat of death as a possible outcome of the mission.
The Universal Pictures film grossed $30.7 million and received fairly positive reviews from Rotten Tomatoes. “As long as ‘First Man’ is airborne, it’s a marvel. I can’t recall another movie that conveyed with such punch the perils and exhilarations of spaceflight,” stated Peter Rainer, a top critic with Rotten Tomatoes.
Critics also considered the movie’s potential to garner some Oscar-worthy attention. “Although there’s one scene in particular starring Gosling early on that may grab the Academy’s attention, it’s still tempting to argue that Foy outshines him here,” commented David Opie of the Digital Spy.
Numerous movies have been released this season, although some may have more award potential than others. Regardless of the Oscar buzz that has begun to fill the air, every movie offers something that will entertain their respective audiences.