A Star is Born, but much more dark and weird. Vox Lux is and odd movie to say the least. I really liked a lot of the direction of this film, while not loving the overall package. The film was written and directed by Brady Corbet and stars Natalie Portman, Jude Law, and the real star and shining light of the film Raffey Cassidy!
She’s so damn good in this film! I loved her performance and the first half of this film! Portman is the saving grace in the second half, but I felt it collapses on itself a bit.
The basic premise is similar to this years, A Star is Born with Port,an and Cassidy’s Celeste character achieving the impossible and becoming a massive pop star. Where this separates itself is the dark messed up commentary by Corbet about media, the music industry, and how it all shapes the individual and their ultimate corruption of themselves and others who are influenced by their art.
The film has some jarring images and scenes! And also has some of the best music of the year, written by pop star Sia. The film also has some very avante garde looks and feels. Willem Dafoe narrates at multiple points throughout the film and title cards set up new chapters in Celeste’s life. At times it felt like Corbet was maybe aping Darren Aronofsky and his style.
While not being a perfect film, I enjoyed Cassidy’s performance the best and Natalie Portman is a force to reckon with as she sings and dances away her personal demons if only for one performance.