In a recording studio, filmed in black and white, Chris Martin taps the pedals of the piano with his foot. As he plays, the veins shows up in his hands. As he sings into the microphone, he closes his eyes. He sways his head, his nose grazing the microphone.
Two candles burn on the top of the piano as he plays while another microphone is located in the far corner, picking up the nuances of the music. Another candle flickers. He taps the edge of the pedal.
In a speech given in 1977, Muhammad Ali states that “God is watching me. God don’t praise me because I beat Joe Frazier. God don’t give nothing about Joe Frazier. God don’t care nothing about England or America as far as wealth. It’s all his. He wants to know how do we treat each other. I’m going to use my name and popularity for helping charities, helping people.”
Back in the studio, he studies the keys as he plays. He reaches for his mug and drinks some water.
With special effects and travel gimmicks stripped away, Chris Martin is able to just be. He can feel the words as he plays the piano, its lyrics resonating inside him. Diligent and focused, he deals with the raw pain of heartbreak in his somber vocals. It’s a release that allows him to heal.
While the Muhammad Ali speech may seem superfluous, it’s a timely reminder of what’s important. Like Ali, he’s a celebrity and knows there are far more important things going on than attending the next Hollywood party. There are sick children and people struggling to be heard. He’s fortunate and realizes his fame has a greater purpose. Educating his audience when he can is one way.
Director: Ben Mor Year: 2016