Vox Lux

US Weekly - - US MUSTS - MARA REINSTEIN, MARAMOVIES.COM

As pop star Ce­leste, Natalie Port­man pushes her­self to out­size, Lady Gaga-like lev­els. It’s an in­spired trans­for­ma­tion, but not pro­found enough to re­deem a pre­ten­tious block­buster im­poster. The film opens with a 1999-set pro­logue, in which teen Ce­leste is nearly killed in a high school mas­sacre. She com­poses an in­spi­ra­tional bal­lad in the af­ter­math, which turns into a hit. Sub­se­quent in­ter­na­tional tragedies cor­re­spond with Ce­leste’s ris­ing ca­reer. We’re ei­ther sup­posed to feel sorry for her or we’re be­ing mocked for our celebrity-cul­ture adu­la­tion. So A Star Is Born this is not.

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