Vox Lux ★★★★½

This is not your typical popstar movie.
Brady Corbet’s provocative second directorial effort is definitely a crazy one. Ever since watching it last night I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. I’m not exactly sure how to feel about this but for now I think I loved it. Corbet divides the film into chapters that take place at different points in Celeste’s life, which I think was a brilliant choice. While some viewers will feel lost and for some it may seem messy, I think it worked. Natalie Portman gives a crazy performance as the older Celeste and it seemed like she had a ton of fun in the role. But the standout for me was Raffey Cassidy who played a younger Celeste and she gives a much more restrained portrayal of Celeste that blew me away. I also can’t forget to say that Willem Dafoe’s narration is sooooo damn nice to listen to.
While this film is not for everyone there will be people out there that love this film as much as I did. Brady Corbet is a rare talent and I can’t wait to see what his next project is.

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