Monday, August 17, 2015

Beautiful Liar MV

Well I am pleasantly surprised by that video. At first I was confused and thought that Ravi was in love with Leo but then I got to thinking, maybe this is a Jekyll and Hyde sort of video. Maybe Leo and Ravi are playing two halves of one person. Ravi is the inner demon, the dangerous, reckless, and messy side of his character while Leo is the kinder, more well groomed, and rational side; though horribly lonely. I had to watch this video a couple times to try and catch everything, or at least to watch Ravi's interactions with the girl. I feel like Leo's side loves the girl but he knows that his Ravi side hates her and that's why he broke up with her. Throughout the video Leo kind of takes the abuse that Ravi gives to him but the second Ravi pushes the key out of the way and goes after the girl Leo grabs him. We later see him strangling Ravi and trying to restrain him. You can tell that Leo really loved the girl but he knew that his Ravi side would hurt her if not kill her cause let's be honest, Ravi looked murderous when walking down the hall towards the girl. I've read a few fan interpretations on YouTube that says Ravi's side is the one who loves the girl but his actions towards her are so violent and aggressive I like to think that Leo's timid side is the one who fell in love with her.
I could probably make this post incredibly long by dissecting the MV and talking about the wind, the key, the mirrors, and the background/their separate rooms, and the wedding invitation, but I won't. I'll move onto the song and lighting.  Lighting first. Wow, the symbolism of the light was awesome. Usually we think of light/white as being good and darkness/black as bad but this video switches it in a cool way. Ravi is dressing in white while Leo is in black. If you pay attention then you'll notice that Ravi is usually the one bathed in light while Leo is hidden in the shadows. Ravi's scene with the girl and the table is lit while Leo is hidden in shadows. The use of light in this video doesn't show who is good and who is bad but rather who is in control and who is being suppressed. Even when Leo is reaching for the key and Ravi pushes is out of the way, Leo is in the shadows and Ravi is in the light proving that Leo never was in control, always Ravi. Leo then comes out of he shadows and into the light to grab Ravi. And towards the end when Leo has his arms wrapped around Ravi and he's holding him back they go from a dark room with Ravi trying to crawl towards the light and Leo pulling him back to well lit room with Ravi struggling and back to the dark room possibly signifying that Ravi's side is being dragged from being in control to being suppressed. Maybe I'm looking into this too much but I feel like the lighting really plays a deep role in this video.
The song was beautiful. I was worried about Ravi's harsh rapping being a negative contrast to Leo's beautiful voice but they fit perfectly. Not only with their characters but it sounded gorgeous. I've never been a fan of Leo's voice. Sometimes I find it slightly high and, don't hate me, whiney. But not the case here. I will admit, however, that Leo can hit some incredible notes. Very gorgeous and I'm thoroughly impressed. On a side note, Leo has fantastic skin.

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