I am a big fan of Natalie Portman, though lately she seems to be making really artsy choices instead of good movies. The best thing about this movie was that we saw it at the Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto’s symphony hall. It’s a confusing film with a disjointed plot. Even more baffling was the choice to use the same actress (Raffey Cassidy) to play young Celeste and Celeste’s daughter, Albertine. Not sure how we are supposed to believe that in aging 15 years she becomes the tiny Portman. Didn’t really get a hint as to why Celeste is on a drug fueled downward spiral. The weird narration by Willem Dafoe doesn’t help. In rereading the synopsis, it looks like there should have been more to this movie that we didn’t get when we watched the entire film – time we will never get back. Again we gave it a ½ cupcake because we haven’t developed a 0 cupcake graphic.
Our Rating for Vox Lux
Official Trailer for Vox Lux
Official Synopsis: of Vox Lux
Vox Lux follows the rise of Celeste from the ashes of a major national tragedy to pop super stardom. The film spans 18 years and traces important cultural moments through her eyes, starting in 1999 and concluding in 2017. In 1999, teenage Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) survives a violent tragedy. After singing at a memorial service, Celeste transforms into a burgeoning pop star with the help of her songwriter sister (Stacy Martin) and a talent manager (Jude Law). Celeste’s meteoric rise to fame and concurrent loss of innocence dovetails with a shattering terrorist attack on the nation, elevating the young powerhouse to a new kind of celebrity: American icon, secular deity, global superstar. By 2017, adult Celeste (Natalie Portman) is mounting a comeback after a scandalous incident that derailed her career. Touring in support of her sixth album, a compendium of sci-fi anthems entitled Vox Lux, the indomitable, foul-mouthed pop savior must overcome her personal and familial struggles to navigate motherhood, madness and monolithic fame in the Age of Terror.
Vox Lux 2018 TIFF Q & A
|Cast||Natalie Portman, Raffey Cassidy, Jude Law, Stacy Martin, Willem Dafoe|
|Production Companies||Killer Films, Bold Films, Andrew Lauren Productions|
|Run Time||110 minutes|
|Premiere||2018 Venice Film Festival|