Video Review: Natasha Bedingfield “Unwritten (US Version)”

In an apartment building, Natasha Bedingfield walks into the elevator and enters.

While waiting to reach her floor, she leans against the wall. On the eighth floor, a man enters. He sees her and grins. He gives her one last look before he leaves for his floor. She reaches out with her hands.

She exits on the seventh floor, which takes her to the park at sunset. She runs in the grass, her long, blonde hair flowing and then lies down in it.

She heads back on the elevator and presses a number. A young girl throws her purse down and cries. She comforts her and puts her arm around her, stroking her hair. The young woman puts lipstick on and then kisses the wall. A couple enters the elevator with a camera. The girlfriend takes a photo of her boyfriend. When the picture develops, it’s of the kiss.

Next, a father and a little girl enter the elevator. They hold hands. The little girl exclaims “wow” when she sees the mural and the street. Bedingfield splashes in the water from the hose.

She gets back into the elevator and grabs a towel to dry her hair. An older man, with a brown paper bag reaches into his pocket. He takes out some money and his watch. He puts it in the paper bag and tosses it aside. He grabs the cart and walks away. Meanwhile, a choir walks to the elevator.

Inside the elevator, she and the choir sing and dance. The choir leaves and a teenage couple is making out. The young man enters the elevator again. Both look at each other as if to say “ah, young love.” She leaves, walking into the park and he watches her. She hears someone call her name and it’s the young man. She smiles when she sees him.

Rating: 2/5

The elevator is too cramped a space to develop much of anything. It limits itself with the small area. The people who Natasha Bedingfield observes only have a few seconds to make a connection. Some of the people’s presence is pointless. For the instances the two couples. They are both good relationship moments but nothing is really known about them to make an impact.

However, the older man choosing to make a start new in his life and quit drinking is moving. It’s unfortunate the choir jostles him out. Seeing the young girl cry, perhaps after being bullied is heartbreaking. These are the people who fit more with the song’s theme that there is still a story to tell about them. How long will the man remain sober? Will the young woman ever find acceptance?

Director: Chris Applebaum Year: 2006

 

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