A Star Is Born: Trying to escape the shallow


Bradley Cooper’s film A Star Is Born depicts life at both ends of the pay scale.

Jack Maine, a world-famous country singer, is battling a drink and drug addiction. Ally, a restaurant worker, dreams her singing voice will take her places.

The film’s lead single, Shallow shows that they’re just that – in the shallows of life, dreaming of the depths of love, purpose and security.

And then they meet one another.

The Shallow

On their first evening together, Ally rehearses what will become the duo’s romantic duet:

I'm off the deep end, watch as I dive in
I'll never meet the ground
Crash through the surface, where they can't hurt us
We're far from the shallow now.

Having fallen in love, Jack and Ally have left the shallow. They’ve found a deeper love, a shared purpose in music, and a financial security.

But cracks begin to emerge. As Ally’ fame rises, Jack’s jealousy grows. His addiction deepens. His self-loathing takes hold. And he eventually takes his own life.

Ally sings:

I would've broke my heart in two
Tryin' to save a part of you.

Her grief brings her back to the shallow.

The Depths

The film exposes an industry that poses as the deep-end. But it had left its stars in the shallow. 

And if this is the case for these dreams, how much more our dreams which don’t pretend to provide half as much? A job? A house? A family?

So what is the true depth that can hold our dreams and more? Isn’t it to ‘grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ’? (Ephesians 3:18)

With the death of Jack, Ally lost everything. With the death of Jesus, we gain everything: his love, earthly meaning and eternal security.

With him, we’ll always sing:

In the shallow, shallow…
We're far from the shallow now.