54th Chicago International Film Festival Review – Vox Lux (2018)

Vox Lux, 2018.

Written and Directed by Brady Corbet.

Starring Natalie Portman, Raffey Cassidy, Jude Law, Stacy Martin, Jennifer Ehle, Willem Dafoe, Natasha Romanova, Christopher Abbott, Erik King, Matt Servitto, and Maria Dizzia.

Synopsis:

An unusual set of circumstances brings unexpected success to a pop star.

Brady Corbet’s Vox Lux is a curious misfire; there’s never a moment in the movie where the script and direction don’t feel as if they are ready to break out and finally make some biting satire about the connecting threads that exist between national tragedy, soulless popstar worldwide icons, and mass shooting acts of terrorism that unfortunately still happen across America. Even more promising is Natalie Portman at the center of it all, impressing with vocals and a thick New York accent, coupled with a rip-roaring, self-centered, absorbed personality that sees the cynical singer tearing into everyone from her family to her
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