In the year 2018, these facts are true: A Star Is Born is a great movie. A Star Is Born is also a great meme.
For the uninitiated: A Star Is Born is a film directed by Bradley Cooper. It's a remake of not one, but three classic Hollywood films about an alcoholic entertainer who is not what he used to be and a talented woman, bound to eclipse him, who fall in love. With his success comes her tragedy. In this new version, Cooper is a rock star, Jackson Maine, while Lady Gaga herself is his pop protégé, Ally. Cooper's adaptation received the effusive praise of critics (including, uh, me) when it hit the festival circuit earlier this year. But even before anyone had actually seen the movie, it was capturing imaginations, thanks to an extremely well-cut trailer released back in June. Nearly every beat in that first two-minute-and-24-second ad for the film seemed ripe to be chopped up and refashioned into gags.
There's a reason why A Star Is Born makes for such good internet content -- and I'd posit it's the same reason that it's a story that's been told a whopping four times in the American cinema. It's an elemental tale of love and loss with a hefty dose of show biz razzle dazzle. If memes were around in 1976, people would have definitely made memes of the Star Is Born that came out that year starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. In this case, we're also dealing with two enormous stars, recasting their images: Cooper, as a first-time director, has a scraggly new accent, and Gaga's impressive pipes are making their major motion picture debut.
We've broken down the categories of these fine memes.