TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - October 25, 2018
Natalie Portman's already got one of the contenders for best film of 2018 under her belt thanks to February's awesome sci-fi flick Annihilation, and now she's making another run at Oscar gold with her unhinged performance in Vox Lux. Actor turned director Brady Corbet brings us this tale of a rocker named Celeste whose career sees a number of ups and downs over a 20 year period.
Played as a teen by Tommorowland's Raffey Cassidy and as an adult by Portman, Celeste's rise to stardom is charted, as well as how she deals with the pressure of maintaining a career while not exactly relishing the spotlight. I know, first world problems the motion picture.
The interesting hook in the film is that Cassidy also plays Celeste's teenaged daughter in the segments with Portman as an adult. Also along for the ride are Nymphomaniac's Stacy Martin as Portman's songwriter sister, Jude Law as her long-suffering manager, and Willem Dafoe provides the film's narration.
This is clearly familiar territory for Portman, who seems to strike gold whenever she's carrying the entire film, see Black Swan or Jackie for more evidence of this. If she's front and center again, I imagine the film will be at least on par with those two excellent efforts.
Vox Lux opens in limited release on December 7.