Video Review: Leona Lewis "Bleeding Love (US Version)"

In the middle of Times Square in New York City, a guy rides by on his motorcycle. Cabs wait in traffic and tourists take pictures. Leona Lewis argues with her boyfriend and pushes him away. He walks across the street, glancing over his shoulder to see if she will relent. She puts her hands in her jacket pockets and stays in the street.

Against an olive green background, she sings.

In the middle of the street, buses and people pause for a second and then resume as she sings.

At their apartment, her boyfriend puts his hands behind his head, fighting back tears. Back in the city, she hails a cab. She looks at the lights on the theaters while the cab driver takes her home.

At the apartment, he takes his clothes out of the drawers and puts them in a suitcase. He crawls over the bed to reach his watch.

Walking down the street, she brushes a strand of hair away from her face and puts her arms across her chest. Smoke emits from a sewer.

She enters the apartment building and takes the elevator. He grabs his duffel bag and leaves, taking one final look at his home for the last few years. He takes the stairs as she heads up to the tenth floor.

In the apartment, she tosses her jacket on the bed and notices his watch is missing from the nightstand. Alarmed, she puts her hand over her face.

At the ticket counter, her boyfriend hands over some cash. The cashier wishes him a good trip and he nods in return.

She lies down on the couch, the loneliness creeping in as she holds the pillow to her chest. He passes the buses and waits outside on a bench. He watches as the last of the luggage gets loaded onto the bus.

The bus arrives and he gets up from the bench.

Back in the city, she sings in the middle of Times Square and then leaves. Sometime later, he returns back to the city and sees his ex-girlfriend’s face plastered all over midtown Manhattan.

Rating: 3/5

The troubling relationship between Leona Lewis and her boyfriend hits its limit after a fight in Times Square. However, as she cools off in the cab, reliving the first moments of her relationships, he believes he is unwanted. His confidence eroded by her attitude, he thinks its best if he’s gone.

A couple of months later, though, he sees her face on the billboards and it opens old wounds. It confirms to him that she’s better off without him. Even without him around, she succeeds and is able to achieve her dream. He was dragging her down.  Gutted, he can only take in the scene.

It’s a knock to his self-esteem he doesn’t deserve. After their final fight, he kept glancing at her, waiting for her to say something. However, she does nothing. There is no chasing after him or yelling at the cab driver to stop. She walks as though nothing really happened and everything will be back to normal once she returns home.

It’s unfortunate her boyfriend suffers at the expense of Lewis’ ego. She is out of touch at the hurt he feels, which has been building inside him for a while, and is stunned to find him gone. Becoming complacent and ambivalent helped cause the situation. Her success, driven by her guilt, should be a lesson for her in the future.

Director: Jessy Terrero Year: 2008


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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, and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology.

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