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Allison M. 🌱’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
I’m sorry I’m a bitch. x(
If Lady Gaga had lived through Columbine and they turned it into a film, the result would be Vox Lux. Sometimes a young Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) would have existential conversations before her youthful vigor had been squeezed completely dry. Then adult Celeste (Natalie Portman) threw tantrums that every two year-old aspires to.
The song sang by young Celeste was very touching. During the final concert, we were bombarded by snippets of pop hits from the grown-up Celeste. None of the later hits necessarily stood out. They were not bad. I think they were supposed to be anthemic, but we only got a taste.
I’m not even going to talk about Natalie Portman’s Staten Island accent. Let’s just not even go there.
Some pluses: the makeup, costumes, and complicated relationship that Celeste had with her sister, Ellie. It would have been great if Celeste took responsibility at some point instead of blaming everyone and turning to drink and drugs. It’s a pretty decent film that gets bogged down by dialogue a couple of times throughout the film. But I sort of liked it.
Some costumes seemed to be made from leather. Knowing that Natalie Portman is vegan, I’m willing to guess they were made from a different material.
There is some very disturbing gun violence in the beginning with some blood. There is also another gun attack later in the film.