So, we gave my Nan a break last week. Not because she needed it – the woman walks for 45 minutes a day and can rattle off a crossword in the time it takes a kettle to boil – but mainly because we needed the time to get our heads around Kanye West‘s ‘Runaway’ short film thing. We were worried that Nan would find it all a bit daunting and that the – let’s not be coy here – batshit themes and ridiculously preposterous storyline would put her off. I needn’t have worried. You will notice, however, that she was worried about where the lady’s wings came from so if you’re reading this Kanye (IMAGINE!), do let us know.
I’ve seen pictures in the paper of him with somebody, didn’t know that he was a rapper. I think it was a picture of him at that award show. It’s quite obvious from the film that he has a big ego, yes definitely. I didn’t have any expectations of it which was rather nice in a way. I enjoyed it, erm, I enjoyed the video though there were several bits in it where I couldn’t see the connections, but I loved the effects. I loved the way he was running at the beginning and then running at the end. That was really good I thought. The whole effect of that scenery was very good and the light coming down, which was her coming down of course. I liked that.
I wasn’t sure about the little boy with the torch and the Ku Klux Klan look, because they were all black people at that dinner table so why Ku Klux Klan? And the marching band. I mean, the fireworks fine, but the rest? And that big papier mache Michael Jackson head…I mean, at the dinner, it’s obviously about trying to get her to fit in, which she doesn’t does she? It’s a bit like the Last Supper because there was talk about God, sort of gospel, God-references. Where did that bit where that man says “you do know your girlfriend’s a bird” come from? He said he hadn’t noticed. I don’t know if he was trying to be funny or not really.
The ballet sequence in a way represented birds I felt in the way they danced, but I quite like that song, ‘The Toast’ [she means ‘Runaway’, but ‘The Toast’ is better]. That was the best bit of music I thought. I quite liked that one but it really was the only song I liked. I mean, the beginning, that music at the beginning was very sort of, not church music, but a bit like that. I didn’t think that voiceover at the beginning was very good at all.
I felt the ballerinas represented birds, the way they danced. It was very much that type of thing and of course when she sees the turkey and screams…where did those wings come from? I looked at it several times and she certainly doesn’t have wings before and she doesn’t have room to fold them. I liked the dancing bit in the house too but that’s where I couldn’t see the wings. I went back to that bit. I thought, where did they come from? I thought it was fantastic the way that she got the wings, when she saw the turkey and she was horrified. And the scream, which was like a bird’s scream, like a hawk screaming actually, that was good, but where did she get them from? Under the table?
It’s racy. She’s an underwear model? Well, she’s very good at it! I thought the whole thing was good the way they rigged her out but where those wings came from I haven’t got a clue. I just felt that the ballerina bit gave you the obvious ending that he wouldn’t be able to keep her because she was a bird. A bird bird, not a ‘bird’.
I felt the whole thing was really about him wanting the impossible. She’s saying “you can’t change me”. We change everything you see and she meant you couldn’t change her and that she had to go back, so you’re back to him wanting the impossible again. She’s like an alien isn’t she? Like ET. She’s got to go back to the sun.
I quite liked it overall and I showed it to Ella [my teenage cousin]. She liked the video. She sat and watched it. Well, they’re very grown up now aren’t they? She knew who I was talking about, but she’s not keen on him or rapping, but she really enjoyed the video. I don’t think the young care about things making sense. I think we look for something that isn’t there probably. He takes it all very seriously, but it’s just a long video with not particularly good singing in it. I thought she was quite good at acting. I can’t quite see what that line about the news was about at the beginning, and I don’t think he’s terribly good at acting.
I think he thinks an awful lot of himself. But then, they do nowadays don’t they Michael? But we want to watch people that are different. Oh, I’m sure he’s a right bore in real life! I think he’s showing off a certain amount because he obviously likes himself a lot. Perhaps just branching out and trying to be different. I mean, we all want to be different, don’t we? I think he’s just trying something different and it worked.
Song: 6 (I liked ‘The Toast’)
Video: 8 for the whole thing and 8 for ‘The Toast’