Natalie Portman explores the dark side of fame and pop culture in Vox Lux

Natalie Portman plays a survivor of a school shooting who becomes a pop sensation.
Natalie Portman plays a survivor of a school shooting who becomes a pop sensation.PHOTO: SHAW ORGANISATION
Natalie Portman plays a survivor of a school shooting who becomes a pop sensation.
Brady Corbet

Vox Lux, starring Natalie Portman, is a movie that dissects celebrity and violence

In Vox Lux, Natalie Portman plays a girl who survives a school shooting, sings a song about it and becomes a huge pop star.

But as the movie attempts to dissect modern celebrity and violence, it left many moviegoers scratching their heads and critics rolling their eyes. And with a 60 per cent score on the website Rotten Tomatoes, it is one of Oscar-winner Portman's worst-reviewed films in years, although her performance received praise in some quarters.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 28, 2019, with the headline 'The dark side of fame and pop culture'. Print Edition | Subscribe