📽 Connor 🎞’s review published on Letterboxd:
Vox Lux is so incredibly layered and full of complex themes and meanings that I honestly feel like I’d be doing the film a disservice if I dove into my theories before a rewatch and further reflection...but, I will say that a quote from John Milton came to mind while I was watching the film, and I believe it fits it really well:
Innocence, once lost, can never be regained. Darkness, once gazed upon, can never be lost.
So, depsite not really wanting to get into things, I do feel compelled to talk about the film a little bit. As many of you can probably guess, I never entertained the thought that this would easily make my top 10 for the year while Roma would struggle to make the top 20...but, honestly, it’s a wonderful surprise. Everything about Vox Lux is enthralling - the story, the narrative structure, the music and the performances (I know the film is a little too bizarre for the Academy’s taste, but it’s an absolute shame that Portman and Law aren’t even being discussed when both of their categories have weak links). As fantastic as this year has been, few films have as much deeper, profound substance under the surface than Vox Lux. It’s a film that doesn’t demand your attention, because it doesn’t need to, and it really doesn’t care to; it knows exactly what it’s doing and what it’s saying, and it gives zero fuck’s if you get that or not. Anyways, I’m incredibly excited to rewatch this and dissect it. Few things make me happier than a film that gets in your head and stays there, so I can’t wait to continue discussing it with others who found it as fascinating as I did. Also, shoutout to Corbet for shooting in 1.66:1 on 35mm, both of which perfectly encapsulate the look and feel of the film.