Vox Lux

Vox Lux ★★★★

Vox Lux isn't a perfect film. Not by a long shot. Its tone and structure become imbalanced and sort of unravel at the end of the second act. There's no clear resolution, the film just ends and the way that it ends is a bit...lacking, to say the least. But when you look at the rest of the film as a whole, it truly comes together as one of the most visually striking and narratively inventive films of the year. Natalie Portman is excellent as Celeste, but the real standout is Raffey Cassidy, who gives a pitch-perfect dual performance as a young Celeste and the older version's daughter Albertine. Everything about this film is so visceral and intense, haunting almost. The soft echoes of its opening credits serve as a warning for the sorrowful journey that is to come, or maybe even as a reflection on the brutal event that has just occurred. The words "PAST", "PRESENT", and "FUTURE" blare across the jumbotron at Celeste's finale concert, possibly symbolizing a permanent descent into the industry's roots, showing how Celeste (and maybe pop stars in general) change the world, for better or for worse.

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