Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood as him, who asks him to look after her cat while on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confesses his secret hobby.
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 ...
So, before going to the film I had a blast watchin two beatboxers do their music tricks for 40 minutes and listened to the lovely melodies of a goup band with trumpets and drums at Aristotel's Square. I was in a music why and me and my friend agreed to go watch this new film called "Vox Lux" starring Natalie Portman and Raffey Cassidy.
Let me tell it to you straight. Vox Lux might not be a perfect film, but it is an honest one for sure. And even if it is a great portrayal of the rise and fall of a pop singer, it manages to be so much more. It's about what money can do to a person and to society in generall and it works really well and talking about the "fake happy" situation that the whole world keeps suffering from. We tend to rip off our past instead of embracing and learning something form it and in the end we become stupid pathetic people that have the need t look forward and biuld the future, but can't handle their terrible situation and their hidden sadness.
We live in dark times, days of lies and thief, where everything is connected to profit and fame and glamour and everyone, either a dangerous criminal or a showy popstar wear a mask that hides their human side, their pain, the truth.
Everyone wants to be liked, to be big, a star, the next "Leonardo Davinchi", but does not care about being human and showing love and thankfullness to others.
It is a film with a lot of layers and a strong political message, but never really screams for it.
The actresses are great. Natalie actually steals the show, althuogh her performance was quite different form Paffey's. Yet, we get 2 really good performances, Jude Law is good and Dafoe has a nice voice for a narrator.
The thing is that in the second act Natalie plays the protagonist which was played by Raffey who now plays the protagonist's daughter and it is all kind of distracting and unseless in the film. Some shots are weird,the lighting felt unfitting at times and some scenes last longer thanthey should. Otherwise, the film is clever and it is not afraid to take risks when it comes to its presentaiton or its bold cinematography.
The songs used are fitting and overall it is a good piece of art with some small inaccuracies along the way.
It's interesting, but not for everyone and I'm giving it a 7/10
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