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Natalie Portman Stars As The Anti-Star Is Born In The Seriously Dark Trailer For Vox Lux

The film also features music by Sia, and the whole thing is giving us some really creepy, twisted vibes.

A Star Is Born is currently wowing audiences and critics alike on cinema screens, a part of that has been because of its clever marketing as a music-filled love story about a simple country musician and rising pop starlet.

Nevermind that the actual film is quite dark and morose, it’s Lady Gaga’s amazing wail that’s getting bums into seats, not the promise of a story about a man’s tragic decline.

Yes, I know this isn’t the moment. But it’s also the only gif I could find from A Star Is Born.

Vox Lux has no time for such pleasantries. The film, starring Academy Award winner Natalie Portman, is less “cute love story” and more “creepy twisted thriller, that happens to feature a musician”.

The film follows the story of Portman’s Celeste, who rises to viral fame after singing at the memorial service for her own school’s shooting. What follows is a dark tale of how pop stardom corrupts, which also features Jude Law and teenage actress Raffey Cassidy, who pulls double duty as Celeste’s daughter and a teenage Celeste.

Check out the trailer below:

As a bonus, all the songs from the film are written by our own Sia. Which is fitting, considering how much of an enigma she also is.

Vox Lux is already getting Oscar buzz, after premiering at film festivals around the world, especially for Portman as Celeste.

In other words: Lady Gaga better watch out because Natalie Portman’s coming for that Best Actress Oscar.

I wouldn’t cross Natalie Portman, tbh. She was in Star Wars.

Start Practising Your High Notes Now, Because The Shallow, Lady Gaga's Signature Song From A Star Is Born, Is Set To Be The Biggest Thing

The song was so good, it drove the audience at the premiere screening to tears.

Over the last few years, we the general public have become more accustomed to big musical numbers. Whether its every girl under the age of twelve knowing the words to Frozen‘s “Let It Go”, the runaway success of The Greatest Showman, or the likes of Sia, Usher and Alicia Keys covering Broadway hit musical Hamilton, we have become more and more hungry for a Capital-B Big show tune.

Enter stage-left Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, with their modern remake of Streisand vehicle A Star Is Born. The premiere of the film has already garnered rave reviews, including a literal lightning strike and talk of a Best Actress Oscar for Gaga.

But now we have some more details of arguably the biggest moment of the movie: Lady Gaga’s signature song.

For a reminder of what we’re dealing with: watch this video again. Skip to about 1:40 if you have to.

Hear that high note? That amazing wail? Hear how it just screams “You will play me at your next karaoke night. You will fail to hit the high note. But you will do it anyway, every time, because you know that this song will hit you right there.”

Well, I am happy to announce that yes, by all reports the song, officially titled “The Shallow”, will indeed hit you right there. In that sweet spot between your heart and soul that screams this song will stay with you for a time that feels like forever, and you’ll love every minute of it.

According to a report by Vulture from the Toronto International Film Festival, the song (and the iconic yawlp from the trailer) forms the basis for much of the film, including the rise and fall of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s relationship as performers and lovers.

But the most interesting this is how the writer describes the moment: he says that the moment the high note hits is not only the apex of the film, but it brought tears to the audiences’ eyes.

Exclusive vision from inside the A Star Is Born premiere.

Reportedly, while no other song hits the way “The Shallow” does, it doesn’t matter: by the time it does, it’s stuck. Like the way “Let It Go” is already stuck with you once Elsa builds her ice castle. Or how basically anything that happens after “This Is Me” in The Greatest Showman is redundant because after it’s done, you just want to pump your fist and play it again.

Banger? Banger.

Radio stations, karaoke bars, wannabe musicians, prepare yourselves: “The Shallow” will be the big hit of the end of this year. The only thing stopping it is a possible resurgence of Queen hits, which is still a favourable outcome, to be fair.

However, my money’s on Lady Gaga’s pipes. And I, for one, welcome my new Lady Gaga-wailing overlord.

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