This video follows Glover and Jhene Aiko on their vacation, the vibe of the video fits the laid back beat merged with Glovers vocals/ryhmes beautifully. Although there is quite the twist ending for this video.
Nicely anxious and empty but overly long and doesn't have a strong message beyond the explicitly obvious one
At the time this short came out, I guess many people watched it because of Childish Gambino (it was ahead of Glover's new album, which was recorded in the large mansion in the film – which belongs to NBA player Chris Bosh). People such as me watching it now for the first time and probably coming back to it due to the show Atlanta. Coming from either side, this short film is probably a change of pace. From the music it is probably most jarring, but from Atlanta it is a big change in pace to have 25 minutes filled with space.
In terms of that length, it certainly did not need to be as long as that, and the same feeling of emptiness could have been produced a lot tighter but without it feeling rushed. I watch a lot of shorts, and 25 minutes is a really long running time and without the caliber of people involved, I doubt this would have any traction on that basis alone. Getting beyond that though, I did like the meditative 1970's indie cinema feel the whole thing had. The 16mm helped that of course, but also the very natural feel to the interactions, lighting, and lack of script.
The 'ordinariness' of the film's content clashes nicely with the lavish surroundings, and gives the film a nice anxiety throughout. I liked that feeling of the life being a façade chasing a materialistic fantasy which is unsustainable and unfulfilling. The film spells this out quite clearly with the gold-tooth moment, or the porn star drifting around the house, and I found these moments to be a bit too obvious. I would rather have had that bed of awareness, and let something else play out over the top. I'm glad I watched it as a curio for what else Glover has done, but this short film feels like it has core strengths that are lost by not pulling itself in and playing to those strengths – either by running everything too long, or being too blunt with its meaning.
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