Video Review: George Ezra "Budapest"

In a room cramped with people, George Ezra sings. A man holds an urn. A pageant queen pouts. He plays guitar. A woman wearing glasses and holds onto her suitcase. A young woman wearing headphones and a winter hat sways to the music. A man sneezes and everyone turns to look at him. Everyone puts on 3-D glasses and stares up at the ceiling. One man chews on a piece of popcorn.

He climbs on the shoulders of a couple of people and moshes through the group. Two guys dare their friend to eat a spicy pepper. He accepts the challenge. Ezra continues to play guitar in the room underneath dimmed crimson light.  The friend prepares to eat the peppers as the two guys rub his shoulders.

A light flashes and people put their 3-D glasses on again and face forward. They look up, without their glasses. The room is lit in an electric blue as he plays the guitar and then returns back to the crimson.

A man passes his suitcase to another person. As the young man chews the pepper, he almost faints. People continue to pass their possession to each other. Someone hands a woman a phone. The pageant queen talks on her cell phone. One of the guy’s friends hand him a glass of milk.  Ezra walks on people while they pass their possessions to each other.

Underneath crimson red light, people throw paper airplanes. A man slams something down on the table, scaring the pageant queen. The guy guzzles the milk. A woman takes off her wig. Her eyes grow wide with shock. He plays his guitar as he stands with the group.

Rating: 0/5

Despite the people in the group made up to be individualistic, no one really stands out unless they are given a subplot. For some characters, it seems as though revenge is the intent as a young man frightens her. A man of a different nationality sneezes and gets shamed for it. The guy who eats the pepper on a dare manages to have some support for his friends. However, the dare nearly causes him to collapse.

Then, for some reason, everyone begins passing their possessions around. There is no glancing or learning. It’s receive and move. There is no thinking of what the objects may mean to people. Meanwhile, George Ezra is considered the person they most admire as he moshes through the group. The reach for him, hands waving.

For a video full of people, there is little human interaction and emotion. It punishes people for who they are, believing their stereotypes are their worth and doesn’t try to see beyond it. But musicians are the heroes.

Director: Rob Brandon Year: 2014

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