Stephen’s review published on Letterboxd:
“I’ve got more number one hits than an AK-47...”
A stunning portrait of living in an era obsessed with pop stardom, all while living in fear of terrorism as well. Vox Lux starts on a haunting note and the feeling of dread looms over the entire film without letting up even up until its final moments. Natalie Portman’s portrayal of a Gaga-esque popstar showcases the troubles and PTSD that comes from those attacks, and she does a fanstastic job portraying someone with that kind of trauma. The direction Brady Corbet takes is an interesting one, but it works so well mixing musical documentary with melodrama. Raffey Cassidy was destined to play a young Portman, the songs by Sia are catchy and fun just as expected, and I really can’t wait to watch this again when I get the chance, word to NEON!