Nina’s review published on Letterboxd:
kind of odd, but Vox Lux reminds me of the phrase "aim for the moon so even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" because it did just that: it strives for the extreme, and even though it misses the mark, the ambition is undeniable and memorable. as i recall this rather cheesy quote on my way home, i also remember how it was plastered all over the walls of my space-themed elementary classroom -- filled with hand-painted styrofoam planets and colorful solar system diagrams. this warm memory lingers away slowly into a disquieting thought when i relate it back to the events portrayed in the film: this could've been me, this could've been any classroom, and this depiction is horrifically accurate and triggering for those who have faced it.
it's disturbing and alluring, and i like how i don’t fully like it. i get disappointed thinking about the ending and how little it concludes the trauma. but the more i think about it, the more it feels like an honest depiction; there has yet to be a way to fix the agony. pop culture and terrorism have surprisingly weaved together as a form of disillusion because there's no comforting way to deal with the grim reality. as long as we're afraid of discomfort, i'm not sure there will ever be a true and mature approach for solutions.