Natalie Portman, Willem Dafoe (voice), Jude Law, Jennifer Ehle, Christopher Abbott,
Director: Brady Corbet
Running Time: 115 minutes
Certificate: 15 - strong violence, language, drug misuse
“There is an audacity and extravagance to [Portman's] work that few actresses would dare attempt, let alone be allowed to get away with”
- Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
“Vox Lux combines social history with pop star psychodrama in a way that is both startling and highly original..”
- Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent
"Delivers a potent pop-arthouse provocation in millennial drag. And Portman? She's electric.”
- Kevin Harley, Total Film
“[I]t is Walker's final score prior to his death in 2019 (his second for Corbet) that really elevates a cautionary tale to true grandeur.”
- Andrew Collins, Radio Times
"Beautifully directed by the former actor Brady Corbet...this is a dark and sometimes unnerving dissection of contemporary culture, and the violence and sensuality that drive it."
- Kevin Maher, Times
"An unflinching cautionary tale on the price of fame."
- Greg Wetherall, Little White Lies
"Vox Lux does what good pop songs do - it shushes your doubts and quickens your pulse."
- Danny Leigh, Financial Times
"Even if it doesn't quite go beyond the bubblegum, Corbet's fusion of A Star Is Born melodramatics with art-house stylings is cold, raw, dark filmmaking."
- Ian Freer, Empire Magazine
Natalie Portman is a troubled pop star in Brady Corbet's Vox Lux. Having shot to fame as a victim of a school shooting, Celeste (Portman) has reached the other side of teen stardom, and is on the brink, manipulated by her manager (Jude Law).
Narrated by Willem Dafoe, what follows is nothing less than an exploration of modern America, with celebrity, terrorism and the media in the sights.
With ambitious storytelling paired by audacious visuals, Vox Lux is also one of the best showcases since Jackie of Natalie Portman’s ability to bring authenticity to an outsize persona. Backed by a score by Scott Walker and songs by Sia, this film is a confirmation of a new filmmaking force.
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