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He looks like the Joker.
[I need to wean myself off of this song. Very addictive.]
Somebody That I Used to Know
Well, I got this song currently stuck in my video playlist.
I like the music video — the subtle acting is superb. Don’t get me wrong, the song is also awesome — the vocals, the story, the instrumentals. But I reckon further mention of that will find its place in a new post. I’ll be picking on the music video for now.
Going back, as I mentioned, I find the acting — of both Kimbra and Gotye, really remarkable.
His face is so expressive; it looks beautiful in close-up shots. The way he articulates every word while singing is also remarkable — his whole face would move, contort in a way and become all dramatic. It’s amazing how he held the screen for about 30 seconds in the opening verse.
Especially in that screen shot above with Kimbra…his eyebrows look like they have a mind of their own. No, hold up, I was exaggerating. What I meant to say was that his eyebrows are so expressive — kind of reminds me of Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock.
I love the way they acted here, when Kimbra was singing:
But I don’t want to live that way
Reading into every word you say
You said that you could let it go
And I wouldn’t catch you hung up on somebody that you used to know
Gotye looked like he wanted to interrupt her — his eyes were twitching, his lips were half-parted as though he wanted to say something but thought better of it. And then he bursts into song.
But you didn’t have to cut me off
Make it like it never happened and that we were nothing
I don’t even need your love, but you treat me like a stranger
and that feels so rough
This music video is really something remarkable. The set is very simple: two characters, a wall and paint. Really really, they don’t need anything more; they have this simple set-up and between Gotye and Kimbra I have my eyes full.
It’s a beautifully melancholic song. I like the music video too.
The stringed instrument (was it guitar?) I reckon evens out the melancholic quality of the song. At first I thought it was lighter in theme but as the video progressed, it was clear that I was mistaken.
It’s beautiful though — how they used the paint — sort of a symbolism I suppose; of how she becomes just somebody that he used to know.