Thursday, June 07, 2007

Running to Stand Still: Editors "Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors"

Editors "Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors"

dir. by Arni & Kinski

Editors want this escape from the insanity of social suppression to move you - to inspire a wave of hope inside. The band plays with purpose and lead singer Tom Smith emotes every note as if it's his last. The moment when the precious young convict skips across the water to freedom is meant to convey the greatness in all of us - the hidden magic which is stifled by fear and hate. And it is a magnificent image.

Yet despite the beautiful cinematography and well-intentioned narrative, it's hard not to feel this video is held back by the weaknesses of the song. The predictable progression and obviousness of the lyrics really bog down "Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors" (it drags a bit), and the story suffers as a result. Which is really a shame, as both the young actress and the artists behind the camera seem in top form. Proof that good directing can only take a music video so far.

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