“Of course you should get your hopes up,” The Manager (Jude Law)
As with Ali Abbasi's BORDER (2018), VOX LUX is that rarest of movie offerings: A work that feels like a cinema island of its own creation. Natalie Portman is a force of nature as a complicated pop star. Let’s face it, the character is an a-hole, but you relish every minute in her company.
Celeste is a supernova of resentment and guilt. She fascinates. What a creation! And that is partly what concerns VOX LUX. (Just partly, as it ambitiously reaches for a myriad of topics.) Celeste (played by both Portman and Raffey Cassidy) is a role inhabited by a method actor, performed by two talented thespians. The film is about private fears in public places (to quote a title from a crummy 2006 Alain Resnais movie).
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