Sara’s review published on Letterboxd:
I was going to give this 3 1/2 stars but those last 20 minutes WHEW! Sometimes all a girl needs is to have their gay awakening, Padme Amidala, put on a concert.
I was apprehensive at first, but I had a blast. Some ~choices~ were made for sure. And I think the film would have been fine without them. Trauma can develop through so many different ways that don’t involve gun violence, no matter its relevancy. But it’s interesting that Corbet compared terrorists to pop stars, stating that they both just want attention and if you stop giving it to them, they’ll fade away. I don’t know if I agree with everything Corbet tries to convey in Vox Lux, and truth be told I don’t have the smarts to understand it all, but it’s a great inside look at the music industry and the media.
I have those films where I think, if this was starring different people I wouldn’t have liked it as much. That’s how I feel about Vox Lux. Natalie Portman/Raffey Cassidy are Celeste, and watching her career from teen pop star to adult superstar, with all of the torment that comes with being so famous so quickly at such a young age, is definitely the highlight of the film.