Here we have the six-minute music video for Arcade Fire's new single
"We Exist". My interest in this one was mostly due to the inclusion of
famous, Golden-Globe nominated actor Andrew Garfield. However, I was
quite disappointed with this one. He plays a male who is obviously
confused about his sexuality and goes for a night out in a female
dress. The strange thing is that he goes to an establishment where
tough rockers are celebrating and where one person with such doubts
about who he (or she) really is would never go. Then after some solid
drama early on, this music video just becomes ridiculous. All of a
sudden, we see 5 pretty masculine guys in very female clothes dancing
on stage. This could actually have been a nice filmmaking effort in
terms of tolerance and understanding, but they just went so much over
the top that it really turned into nothing but an embarrassing effort.
In addition to that, the song isn't particularly good either. I quite
liked some of Arcade Fire's early work, but it seems they have really
decreased in terms of quality in the last couple years. Not
recommended. Back to Garfield, he has actually quite a few really
decent performances in his body of work and I hope he can return to the
level of "Never Let Me Go" or some of his earlier work now that the
Spider Man franchise is over. He certainly has the talent, even if you
don't see it in this short film.
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