Depending on how things ended in your last relationship, you hold certain memories of that person. You may remember all of the cuddles and kisses, or you could dwell on the fights and tears, but most times there is an intersectionality that occurs between these memories. You might recall an argument that was later resolved through an apology. It could also be the reverse with you remembering a wonderful date going horribly awry. The point is one cant always separate the good and bad memories of a relationship because they are intertwined. You hold on to everything, regardless of whether things were beautiful or ugly.
Thats the main premise behind the MV for Day6s You Were Beautiful. This is your stereotypical story line of someone reminiscing about a failed relationship. The melody of the song is lovely, but the video does little to save it from sounding like a regular sob song.
We start off the video with a woman watching snippets of her old self through the lens of her former boyfriend. Its kind of a strange way to introduce this story given how most times were used to shots of the forlorn lover crying over a photo album. Im thankful that the director is up to date with how technology is used in modern relationships, which we observe here by the absence of the picture-keeping relic. I enjoy nostalgia, but were dealing with young characters here. Theyre going through old Instagram snaps at best, not a physical scrapbook.
Going back to the note about the point of view, its sort of unique for the reason I mentioned earlier. Were not watching the ex-boyfriend pining over old video clips; were watching the woman watching herself through his perspective. Its unrealistic to think that she somehow possesses telepathy and can read her exs mind, so thats why the use of an email containing videos of her from him is a great way to integrate his viewpoint.
Because the woman can see what he saw, theres a different emotional tie to the relationship now. She is reliving his old thoughts of her; therefore, gaining an alternate perspective on how things were when they were dating. Normally, wed see only one side and experience dramatic irony in knowing that the other person had no idea what her ex was thinking. Since shes viewing his side of things, were connected to another line of thought: How did he see her when he loved her?
As she watches his memories on her computer, we can see that he viewed her quite positively. Most of the time shes smiling at him while doing something adorable. A soft filter enhances the ethereal feel of these memories, portraying the woman in an angelic light. To him, his ex-girlfriend was a precious goddess. As the ex-girlfriend views his thoughts, she becomes overcome with a bittersweet joy. Why could this be?
Our answer shows up later as scenes of their relationship ending play in monochrome. This is an effective way to symbolize what parts were happy versus sad. All of the bright memories played in pastel tones with a halo filter while the negative moments were monochromatic with a sharp contrast. This method probably isnt original, but it works for the video. It keeps the storytelling very clear.
Something that did bother me, however, was when the ex-boyfriend started appearing in his own memories. This took me out of watching through the womans eyes because now it looks like a stereotypical home movie. Sadly, this part lost me for that reason. It was far more interesting to feel his experience through her eyes watching his memories. I wish the director stuck to the original idea of her watching his perspective, rather than removing us from their intertwined emotional connection by taking down the fourth wall. Mentally, it was a little jarring, so I was disappointed in that.
This MV did boost the appeal of the song, but the directors inconsistency with the storytelling failed it a bit. The song doesnt compare to Day6s smashing debut Congratulations, which is most likely why I also felt somewhat let down by it. Respectfully, I love what Day6 brings to the table for bands, so its unfortunate they have a song that sounds like it couldve easily been given to another group and had the same feeling. Other than the lovely vocal harmonies, though, I didnt get a sense that this was a signature Day6 song. It was a breakup song sung by Day6, nothing more or less.
Overall, I liked the video because it did match the vibe of the song, yet it just stopped short of being better because the director was inconsistent. It started off original with the unusual framing of viewpoints, but it fell back into a cliched form of storytelling midway. Had that not occurred, I may have appreciated the video more. Its not the worst thing from Day6, and its not their best. Its a decently made video, so theres not much more to say than that.
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