Vox Lux

Vox Lux ★★★

Vox Lux is a truly bizarre film that’s hard to assess. It’s got a lot on its mind but at points feels like it’s just throwing stuff at a wall to try to land something great. It’s definitely about the relation between celebrity image and actual trauma but honestly, it’s indecipherable exactly what about that. Portman and Cassidy are both good with Law delivering a solid supporting turn but the highlight is Willem Dafoe’s wonderful narration. However, the whole film ultimately ends up feeling like sound and fury signaling nothing. Vox Lux is remarkably ambitious and oddly entertaining to watch, but ultimately lacks a core idea or emotion to really stick in your head outside in the moment of watching it.

(A trigger warning to my followers: film features a graphic school shooting scene.)

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