dani phosgene’s review published on Letterboxd:
"That’s what I love about pop music. I don’t want people to have to think too hard. I just want them to feel good."
Scott Walker's score starts scratching your ears and Willem Dafoe's narration makes you feel relaxed and intimidated at the same time, that’s how Vox Lux begins, that’s when I fell in love with it and that’s exactly when I understood that what I’m about to witness is not another A Star Is Born or even Her Smell. The newest movie by Brady Corbet (the guy who you’ve probably seen in movies of a bunch of great European directors and his adaptation of Sarte' The Childhood of a Leader with the same title) is nothing short of a masterpiece and perhaps the best movie about stardom. Corbet's sense of mood and rhythm is impeccable and never fails to fascinate me, I’m convinced that he’s one of the best directors working today. In the first minutes he outsells Gus Van Sant's Elephant in its entirety (not that it’s hard but still).
With Brady's regular cinematographer, Lol Crawley, they both create a cold and apathetic world where only deal with the devil can put you on the top but even that won’t save you from the world of show business. I think cinematically the best moment that shows the coldness and detachment is the montage of New York. I don’t think anyone has ever captured any city like Brady and Lol did and created such an ominous and imperial feeling of New York. And let’s not forget the legendary Scott Walker who once again wrote something out of this world, he wrotes what seems to me an academic music but the sound of it is completely experimental and it makes you as uncomfortable as possible, his scores are as enigmatic as his studio albums... and possibly even more.
And now the main part: N-A-T-A-L-I-E! You’re my love, the fucking Queen of acting I’m so sorry I’m always forgetting how great you are. She’s mesmerizing to put it simply. She’s elegant and over the top sometimes but that fits her character just well. As soon as she appears she steals every second of the movie, no matter how great the other people on the screen are, SHE JUST OWNS IT! WHAT A FUCKING BOSS!
I was expecting something cool from Brady because I loved The Childhood of a Leader but what I watched wasn’t just cool, it left me completely speechless and made me feel things I’m unable to put in words, there’s simply no words to correctly describe Vox Lux how phenomenal and important this movie is.