Monday, December 5, 2011

REVIEW: Lady Gaga - Marry the Night

Lady Gaga has released her latest video from the Born This Way album, clocking in at 14 minutes, it has already received nearly 10 million views in just four days. Gaga is wheeled into a mental hospital, starting the video of with a "Girl, Interrupted" theme and then taking us through another psychologically dramatic sequence, not dissimilar to "Black Swan", featuring Lady Gaga herself and other ballerinas in skin-colored latex dresses and fetish ballet shoes.

It's a lush dive into an aspiring stars madness with plenty of kinky outfits, exploding cars, shots of a wet, naked Gaga and Flashdance-esque dance school choreography. 
Marry the Night is one of the album's better songs, but it doesn't seem to be the main focus in this video. I don't think it's one of her best videos, but it shows her progress into a more all-round artist. I love that Lady Gaga is aspiring more and more to make short films that tell a story she feels the need to tell. Like she says at the start (in other words), so what if this isn't what it's really like? It's a fantasy, a fetishized version of herself and where she comes from. It's not an idealized version of the truth, but one that speaks to the imagination and grabs your attention.

The nods to popular movies about young women slipping into mental illness really strikes a chord with me. We all know Lady Gaga isn't your everyday girl-next-door and her need for attention and fame could be a sign that maybe she isn't all that stable either. Her portrayal in this video seems to ring more true about what she had to go through to get where she is now than what we already know. I loved her acting in this video, she's fragile and vulnerable. Whenever we see her in the public eye, she's strong-minded and opinionated. I think Marry the Night shows a more personal side of Lady Gaga and I really like that she's opened up like that. I look forward to seeing what she'll come up with next and where she'll take her visual art next. 

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