Being a kid in the USC School of Cinematic Arts, I figured it’d be a fun experiment to start reviewing music videos.
The first I’ll take a look at is a high profile effort from Best Coast, the excellent California band led by the incredibly talented and attractive Bethany Cosentino.
I say it’s high-profile because it stars several name actors and actresses, and is directed by California icon Drew Barrymore.
The cast is led by Chloe Moretz (“Kick-Ass”, “Let Me In”) and Tyler Posey (“Teen Wolf), who play star-crossed lovers in the vein of Romeo & Juliet and West Side Story. The supporting cast then includes Childish Gambino, Alia Shawkat (Maeby on “Arrested Development”), Shailene Woodley (“Secret Life of the American Teenager”), and my possible classmate Miranda Cosgrove (“iCarly”, “School of Rock”).
Barrymore has fun with the classic romance plot, replacing the Montagues and Capulets/Jets and Sharks with the Day Trotters and Night Creepers, and using no dialogue, but rather literally handwritten messages and graffiti as forms of communication. The cinematography and production value is high, as is expected. Moretz shows off her sexuality and aggressiveness as the Night Creepers’ Juliet well, walking a fine tightrope between lust, anger, and sadness over the course of four minutes, while Posey is a serviceable romantic Romeo for the Day Trotters. The ending is quite dark, and impressively uses the song’s happy melody to contrast with its angry and sad lyrics, played out a bit in the video.
For all the supporting cast, though, the story really focuses on Moretz and Posey. While I’m a bit upset that the other actors were underutilized, the video is well-done and that’s all that really matters.
Connection to Music: A-
Check it out here.