Natalie Portman is charming as a broken electro-pop star referred to as Celeste in
“Vox Lux,” a flawed, flashy drama from actor/director Brady Corbet (“The Childhood of a Chief”).
However she doesn’t seem till almost an hour into the movie, which begins with a prologue on her origins (she’s initially performed by Raffey Cassidy, who doubles because the pop icon’s daughter within the second half).
A violent highschool tragedy units the teenager Celeste and her sister Eleanor (Stacy Martin) on a path to martyrish stardom after a track they compose about it rapidly goes viral. Quickly afterward, slick administration seems within the type of Jude Regulation as an alternately paternal and predatory handler.
Willem Dafoe offers the voice-over, narrating Celeste’s rise to fame as if in a “Behind the Music” particular. However the movie yields no insights into stardom’s perils that surpass, say, the latest Netflix documentary on Girl Gaga’s life.
Like Gaga, Portman’s Celeste is at her most attention-grabbing onstage in full glam, giving all of it to the followers — in her case, singing songs expertly written by Sia.