hunter’s review published on Letterboxd:
Vox Lux is definitely not for everyone. Many will say it’s pretentious, messy, and trying to say so many things that it ends up saying nothing at all. I heartily disagree.
Although not perfect, Vox Lux is just so well-done. Raffey Cassidy, Natalie Portman, and Jude Law are all amazing and have supreme talent. The soundtrack and score were beautiful and haunting at the same time, they perfectly match the tone of the film.
This film conveys an idea that is hard to put into words: the cyclical nature of today’s society. In the wake of tragedy, society doesn’t let Celeste grieve through her song lyrics, they change the words to make it about everyone, to make it less personal. The act of terror happened, the song was made into a hit, a star was born, everyone began to turn on the star they created, and then they wait for the next thing to dig their claws into. Everything is connected, even terrorism and pop music. One of the ways I believe this idea is perfectly communicated is by having Raffey play Young Celeste and Albertine.
Vox Lux is a wild ride, but I enjoyed every minute of it.