Vox Lux

Vox Lux ★★★★½

The beginning of this film is terrifying. Maybe I feel this way because I'm a high school teenager living in America, but Jesus fucking Christ. The character of Colin Active or whatever his name was is definitely the most terrifying character I've ever seen in a film, and he's only in it for a few minutes. From then on, 'Vox Lux' continues to be one of the most visceral, wild, and anxious films I have seen in a long time. Raffey Cassidy and Jude Law are phenomenal, however Natalie Portman's performance quite clearly steals the show. Willem Dafoe's narration carries the film's philosophical backbone, and for me it was one of the best parts of the film. Corbet utilized this and the title cards to perfect measure, adding so much depth and meaning to the outwardly vapid and degenerate nature of most of the film. I can tell this film will likely be very polarizing, and I think that fits perfectly with what it was going for. Seen at the Chicago Film Festival.

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