Vox Lux

I have watched this movie once. This was on .


An unusual set of circumstances brings unexpected success to a pop star.

A Twenty-First Century Portrait

Vox Lux


The movie starts with grainy film, personal camera work and dull colour palette really work to generate a unique aesthetic.

The first five minutes certainly grab your attention and the opening credits evoke a homage to the start of The Shining.

The main focus – on a damaged pop-star’s rise and spiral – has been done better. And there is an odd relatedness to acts of terrorism scattered throughout the story, but they never form a relation or help deliver a conclusion.

Defoe’s interlude voice-overs are well versed but detract from the flow of the movie. Around the halfway mark the movie loses all soul and spirals towards a messy and disappointing ending.

The movie is visually distinctive and starts to explore some interesting ideas, but fails to follow through of any of them.