Vox Lux ★★★

"I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative". Except it's semi-intentionally what you shaped a huge share of your persona on, troublingly so.

It's an insane movie. The introduction suggests it would be either a masterpiece or a trainwreck, so it's slightly surprising that it ultimately falls right in between. Trying to thematically parallel terrorism and pop music with the backdrop of media's problematic coverage/treatment of both is an extraordinary concept indeed, yet it seems like Dafoe is narrating a film that explores that idea far better and more insightful. At least seeing Portman go batshit crazy playing an amalgamation of every music superstar and herself from SNL's 'Natalie's Rap' is really fun, even if feels wrong to use that word.

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