Video Review: Katy Perry “Rise” 

Inside of a hall at Sand Hollow State Park in Utah, Katy Perry holds onto the strings. She skips a couple of steps, trying to get it up towards the ceiling. She pushes the heavy material behind her. Once it’s up, she breaks into a run and then slides onto the ground. She closes her eyes.

The material engulfing her, she stands up and tries to walk. After a few steps though, the parachute boomerangs back to her.

Outside Snow Canyon State Park, which is also in Utah, she pulls the parachute as she hikes up the mountain. Sweat dripping on her face, she takes a deep breath, thinking what possessed her to do this. The mountain doesn’t seem to get any closer. But she stops the negative talk and looks ahead, her vision clear. She decides to run again but is out of energy as she lands on all fours.

She hangs off the mountain like a puppet. She pulls one of the strings and with her feet hanging in the air, wills the parachute to move. She drops into the water. She uses the parachute as a blanket to comfort herself after her fall. She has a scrape over her eye. Her legs burn and mouth is dry. Why did she think she could do this?

Using her parachute as a raft, she floats in the water. She climbs the mountain again. Once on the solid rock, she feels the wind pick up again and tries for another run. This time, she is up in the air.

She closes her eyes and points her head up. Finally, she is able to experience flying. It’s what she’s always wanted to feel.


                Rating: 4/5

While it is a slow video, is able to make its point. It’s a shortened version of a travelogue. She has to get herself up in the air and have the sense of freedom. After many years of saying she was going to do it, she finally trained and tried. The mountains seemed endless and at times, she thought she didn’t train enough. But she was able to do it.

Given the storyline favors the adventurous side, an extra minute or so of development would’ve helped. It’s an introspective video that requires lots of shots of Perry being defeated and then willing herself not to give up. Stories like this usually have a darker angle to them and without knowing why she is pushing herself to do this sugarcoats it some.

Director: Paul Gore Year: 2016


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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit ,Greatest City Collective, 45 Magazine ,Fevers of the Mind, Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology. and forthcoming in Scrawl Place

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