Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
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The cinematography is top notch, and the acting is incredibly naturalistic - especially by Jude Law. But Vox Lux commits the cardinal sin of filmmaking - we’re supposed to be shown, not told. Otherwise, we could just stay home and listen to an audiobook.
It’s mesmerizing to be sure, but ultimately unsatisfying, because it doesn’t have enough production value to be a straight sci-fi adventure, and it’s not strange enough to be a surrealist dream. We’re left in a stylistic and narrative limbo.
Powerful and profound. Its best quality, is that the filmmakers let us experience the event by letting the images and people speak for themselves, rather than having a narrator tell us what to think and feel.
Minor issues not withstanding, like the fact that “giving” your music away for free doesn’t matter because musicians don’t make their money from album sales anyway, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable feel-good movie. And I can’t wait to see more of Rocky!
Competent, but not extraordinary. One problem is that we never hear the real Elton’s voice during the songs, and another is that everything that was written in the epilogue should have been in the actual movie. That, after all, is the whole point of a biopic!