"finally have Spike Jonze and Kanye West’s full short film to stream in all its bizarre, yet intriguing, glory.
Though the film was conceived and screened well before Kanye’s recent headline-grabbing shenanigans, the scenes are eerily poignant to the “celebrity rapper spinning out of control” narratives perpetrated by the music and celeb media of late. Now that this surreal film has hit the web, you’ll surely be hearing lots of snarky comments about it being “crazy” or proof that Kanye’s ego is out of control, but we think Jonze and Yeezy’s work is kind of brilliant here."
From Pedestrian (SPOILER ALERT):
"We mentioned a while ago that the film, which was initially designed as a music video for West, had been premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival. At that stage we had not seen the film ourselves. We have now, and it's amazing!
The 11-minute short is brilliant a mockumentary, which parodies West's egotistical and ostentatious nature and features the song “See You In My Nightmares” from his 808s & Heartbreak’s album.
It's narrative follows West partying in a club/restaurant being his usual flamboyant and intoxicated self: throwing money around, sleazing on girls and boasting about his song being played, which is quite timely considering his recent MTV awards outburst which arguably showcased his arrogance above and beyond anything that had come before.
However his in-on-the-jive performance has a self-redeeming quality that is as funny and endearing as you're likely to get from West. Thanks to Jonze the short may just win back a few wavering, or all together deserting, Kanye West fans.
Jonze is known for making some of the most original and captivating music videos of the past two decades (think Da Funk, Sabotage, Weapon of Choice), and his new undertaking, while not necessarily a music video, could well take it's place alongside them.
It's towards the end of the short that Jonze's creative vision comes to full fruition.
After having sex in a VIP room and waking up with his pants down to realise that it was a hallucination (he had actually made love to some very attractive looking leopard print cushions), in an unexpected turn, West wanders into a bathroom and cuts his stomach open with a knife! Rose petals spill from West's stomach after which he digs into it and pulls out a tiny demon like creature, which ultimately imitates West and commits suicide.
Crazy hey!? Perhaps West is attempting to put his demons to rest, or maybe it represents the child inside of him, which one could claim has been the source of his child-like attention seeking behavior of late and of, well, forever."
I was in disbelief when I learned this was made long before Kanye's meltdown. Eerily poignant indeed. What do you think?
Watch: Spike Jonze: We were once a fairytale: Starring Kanye West (with cameos by Eric Koston, Jeron Wilson, + Mike Carroll)
Posted by switch-smith at 11:17 PM . Sunday, October 18, 2009