18 November 2010

Now Playing: Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs"

A new video by Spike Jonze for Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" was released this evening on the band's blog, which has featured links to annotated versions of T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland alongside memorable articles from the past few years on the death of the suburb and Hollywood's antagonistic views towards suburban life.

The beginning was quite slow and I feared the entire video would be nothing but a look at teenage boredom. As the song changes its tone and mood from apathetic to anxious fear, so do the images. Jonze has taken the mention of bombs literally and transported these teenagers into some sort of military state. People are being arrested, homes evacuated, and those who are the age where you're aware and yet still helpless just sit and wait in fear.  And yet life continues normally, with bikes, and parties, and romance, and jealousy.  I often wondered what the image would be for the final moments of the song would be.  As Win Butler is belting out "In my dreams we're still screaming" over and over again, it became clear that the sudden and relentless beating couldn't have captured the anxiety of the final part of the song any better.

Watching this video, Spike Jonze has managed to convey that whole "harrowing life of a teenager" concept more effectively in 5 minutes and 15 seconds than James Franco could in the entire 196 pages of Palo Alto.

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