FILM REVIEW – VOX LUX. With Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Raffey Cassidy,Jennifer Ehle, Stacy Martin. Written and directed by Brady Corbet. Rated R for language, some strong violence, and drug content. 110 minutes.
VOX LUX is an ambitious film that proves to be less than the sum of its parts. It’s going to be tough to engage audiences, but fans of Natalie Portman won’t want to miss her risk-taking performance here.
Those looking for a plot should look elsewhere. Things happen but there’s no real story here. Billed as a “Twenty-First Century Portrait,” the intent seems to be to use the rise and fall and possible rise again of rock star Celeste as a metaphor for America. In a prologue set in 1999, fourteen-year-old Celeste (an impressive Raffey Cassidy) is the survivor of a horrific event that will cast a shadow on the rest of her life. The…
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