Despite not having the dancing that BTS is known for, I think this is BTS’s best music video yet.
Beware, I get a little philosophical at the end of this one.
This song is beautiful. The composition of all of the singing parts is perfect. Jungkook and Jimin’s high notes in the chorus are wondrous give the chorus just that little something to make it unforgettable. I also really like how V’s and Jin’s singing parts lead up to the chorus. Everything about this song just pulls you in and refuses to let you go until the final second. The transitions are perfect.
The only reason why I am not saying that the song is perfect is because the way the song begins with Suga’s rap is a little slow. I don’t really get drawn in until J-Hope’s lines right afterwards.
I could listen to this song on repeat for days. Heck, that is what I’ve been doing since it came out. This is, in my opinion, BTS’s best song.
This whole video focuses on each of the BTS members at their worst, as they struggle with pain, depression, and anger. While they may be fine when with their friends, each of the members are completely miserable and vulnerable when alone. All of their stories were so real, that I can’t help but be so touched by each one. This video is so moving, and it portrays the raw emotions of each member so well.
A quick rundown of each character:
Jungkook walks around alone at night, basically asking for trouble as he passes by a bunch of thugs without a care in the world.
Jimin lies in a bathtub and literally erases and drowns out his sorrows.
J-Hope is so down that he overdoses on his pills and wanders around outside until he collapses.
Rap Monster works at a job that he hates and where he is unappreciated.
Suga contemplates burning his apartment down, killing himself in the process.
Finally, Jin throws away his flower petals, the last images of beauty that he owns.
Some of the stories, like Rap Monster and Jin, are harder to understand than others, and even now I am still not sure exactly what Jin’s story is. The 19+ version of the music video explains everything a lot better, which is understandable because that contains a lot more of the dark and violent scenes.
Where to even begin with the cinematography? It is so beautiful and dramatic. There are moments in this video that just give me the chills, and at the same time, other moments that make me smile uncontrollably.
The juxtaposition between the members’ happy moments with each other and sad moments alone is really what makes this such an impactful video. In one moment, we see Suga and Jungkook cuddling in front of a fire, and in the next we get the image of Jimin submerging himself underwater. The most chilling moment for me: right after watching the boys run through the subway, the video flashes to a panning of Jin lying alone on his bed in a fetal position.
It is dramatic changes like this that make the meaning of the video so vivid: when they are together, they can be as happy and carefree as they want, but once they are alone and behind closed doors, their worlds come crashing down.
The scenes that they chose to include portray these contrasting feelings perfectly. I absolutely love the scene of the members driving around in the car. They look so happy.
As heavy and sad as this video is, I like that it ends on a happy and uplifting tone. Rather than ending alone, the final image is of all of the members sleeping together by the fire. To make it even more impactful, in one of the final scenes, we see J-Hope dumping his pills into the fire. It shows that even though each of them have these inner demons, as long as they are all together, they are okay.
BTS suits the misfit profile perfectly in this video. The scenes with all of the boys together are perfect. I really like how they each have their own characters and personas, even in the outfits. While I wouldn’t say all of the outfits are the most fashionable, take Rap Monster’s gas station outfit for example, they are perfectly appropriate for their character. They don’t all look good per say, but that’s the point of the video. The story is about them at their lowest point, and the wardrobe reflects that.
Sidenote: I am so glad the wardrobe from their live performances didn’t make it to the music video. I don’t know what the stylists are thinking. I cannot stand those schoolboy themed outfits from the live stages. The shorts are way too short and it just doesn’t fit this concept at all.
Overall, I am just so impressed with this entire comeback. This is one special video. Every time I watch it I get emotional. I think one big reason why this video is making so many people so emotional is because it is so painfully relatable. It is easy to have fun and be carefree when you’re with your friends, but when it’s just you by yourself, that is when all the demons come out and you can feel completely terrible and alone. Everyone has their struggles that only come out behind closed doors.
I think it touches K-pop fans in particular because we are all so happy and excited publically, but at the same time we hurt, and K-pop is what makes it feel better. I know this isn’t true for all K-pop fans, but I’ve been noticing this in myself and other fans: we keep this whole part of ourselves locked up and in not being able to relate to others, we are alone. Seeing the members of BTS, the source of comfort for many of us, going through similar pains is touching in a way that is beyond words.
Overall Final Score: 4.8/5
Sidenote: I love the choreography for this song. It isn’t BTS’s best dance per say, but there are a couple of moments that just take my breath away.
QUESTION OF THE DAY:
What do you think Jin’s storyline is?
#NowPlaying: Hold On by Jung Joon Young. I love every single song on JJY’s Teenager album. This one, similar to I Need U, is that type of song that is perfect for when you’re in a mood.
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