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Old 09-29-2017, 08:49 PM   #35828
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[Show spoiler]I've had the evening off and spent it with music as opposed to movies or television, so I'm going to leave an... atypical short film review. Here are my thoughts on a music video series by Kygo themed around death and grieving. Hope you enjoy

All three comments have spoilers, so watch the videos first if interested!

Kygo, Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me - YouTube

It Ain't Me - Kygo & Selena Gomez
[Show spoiler]Written and Directed by Phillip R. Lopez
Executive Produced by Maximilian Guen
Cinematography by Todd Martin
Video commissioned by Toby Andrews

This video is a bit eccentric and dark, and touches on persistence and not giving up. After a motorcycle crash, we see a woman get up relatively unscathed while her boyfriend is severely injured. She supports him through his recovery, stays by his side, and gives him the strength to pull through to the "light."
[Show spoiler]At the end, the man wakes up and sees that she was never there. He realizes that she died in the crash and it was the spirit of her that kept him going the whole time. She is the butterfly at the end (notice her winged and lepidopterous dress in his dream). I initially found it a little odd she would dance around his bed, before I learned it was the energy she left him with, or her ghost/spirit there with him keeping him alive and awake. This one is much more valuable the second time through after knowing the twist.


Kygo & Ellie Goulding - First Time - YouTube

First Time - Kygo & Ellie Goulding

[Show spoiler]Production Company: Mirada
Directed by: Mathew Cullen
Written by: Cornelia Funke and Mathew Cullen
Executive Producer: Javier Jimenez
Producer: David Hebenstreit
Cinematographer: Stefan von Borbely
Production Designer: Michael Whetstone

This is a tough one to interpret, but I believe it is about
[Show spoiler]how the toxicity of depression and PTSD can overcome someone's life. As a child, a boy finds out that the girl he grew up with is dying, then discovers that anytime he feels sad or angry, he catches on fire and begins turning to stone. After her death he begins having nightmares that he is being burned alive (PTSD). It is only as an adult (played by Kygo) when he begins to finally express himself (playing piano) that he begins to be freed of the petrification of his depression. In the end it turns out the woman in black (Ellie Goulding) was the spirit of the girl...
Overall probably the most open to interpretation of the three videos, and certainly thought-provoking.


Kygo - Stargazing ft. Justin Jesso - YouTube
Stargazing - Kygo (feat. Justin Jesso)
[Show spoiler]Written and Directed by Phillip R. Lopez
Cinematography by Todd Martin
Executive Produced by Maximilian Guen
Produced by Ryan Hawkins
Co-Produced: Samuel Caron and Pierre-Philippe Côté Video commissioned by Toby Andrews
Color: Mikey Rossiter at The Mill.
VFX: Oblique, Montreal.

[Show spoiler]This third installment is made by the same team as the first video, which might be why I find I like them both better and for similar reasons- because they are more straightforward yet still open to interpretation and rewarding.

"You can always find me in the stars.”

Love, Dad

We see a boy who is really into space, as he’s seen playing with his toy space shuttle at the very beginning. When his father dies suddenly from a heart attack, the boy becomes determined to find him again "in the stars," so he follows his dreams of going into space. With the help of a teacher, librarian, and old neighbor, he begins to build his rocket. Before supplying him with a piece for his ship, the old man makes a motion with a wrench near his head, telling the boy he needs to grieve and "repair" his mind. But every time his mom tries to talk to him, she finds his barriers up and he won’t let her inside his head (“Keep Out”). It is here when we see the man reassure the mother that the part he gave to the boy was only for pretend (he tells her not to worry as he points to a toy).

As the boy completes his project, the mother discovers it, and becomes overwhelmed with emotion. She is finally let into his mind, so she does the best thing she can to show him she is there for him… She creates flyers for the whole town to come see and support her son as he “launches” the rocket—and to everyone’s surprise, it actually flies! The rocket blasts off, and the video takes an unexpected turn into fantasy and inspiration, as the boy is met with elation and wonder. It symbolizes that the boy has reached closure and has finally found peace in his grieving process. He finds his father in the stars and finally feels his dad’s presence and strength with him again.

The video ends with the mother alone at the altar, where the boy was previously with her. Was the rocket a metaphor for his suicide? Did he truly join his dad among the stars? It don't believe we're left with a clear answer. But there is what appears to be the boy standing at the very edge of the altar at the end of the video. Or is it?
Theory #2: Notice the boy is wearing
[Show spoiler]the same smiley face shirt as the woman who turns out to be dead the whole time in the first video (It Ain't Me). This may represent that the boy does in fact die. (They also appear at the same time in the videos)

Either way, I do believe the workshop represents his grieving process; or if he dies, his depression (severe grief). When the mother discovers his space shuttle in the workshop, smoke can be seen coming out of the vehicle. This may be when she discovers his body, the post card, and the rocket all at once, and can explain why she sits down to cry.

At the 3-minute mark, she is seen counting down from 3, then gets startled with the thought of him and his father. This may be her remembering them. The flyers may be for his memorial, and the crowd of lights for his vigil. Perhaps the rocket making it to the stars does represent his death, and his reuniting with his father. The boy being at the corner of the altar at the end may be him watching over his mom, as this differs from when he is seen at his mom's side earlier in the video. Or it may be a clip from the past, back when he was at his father's funeral with his mom, when he was still alive.

I think the above is less likely, but it does fit. My preferred interpretation is still that the closed-off workshop represents his barriers and grief, and the rocket represents his thoughts--as the old neighbor tells him to "work on it" with the wrenching motion.

Theory #3: Same as #2, only
[Show spoiler]the old man represents God guiding the boy back to his father, and the end is him going to heaven. A lot of ways to interpret this video.
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