Video Review: Rag'n'Bone Man "Human"

Inside an empty college building, Rag’n’Bone Man stands in the center, rubbing his knuckles and palms together, his eyes closed. Several faces morph over his rapidly. During the second morph, it pauses a young black-haired woman with a bob. After another morph, it stops on an older woman, her face made-up and hair dyed a rich auburn. The morphs continue and then stop on Rag’n’Bone Man. A young woman, her hair in a ponytail, lip syncs against the brick wall. The morphs begin again and then stop on Rag’n’Bone.

Taken from the left view, he adjusts his jacket. The morphs start again but with no particular focus on anyone.  He turns to the side, the tattoo showing on his neck. Back to the center, he taps his chest. The morphs continue, stopping on a young African-American man, a young woman with platinum blonde hair, another young woman with long chestnut brown hair and a young woman with a bruise over his eye. Rag’n’Bone man looks from left to right and touches his beard.

A depressed thirtysomething woman, a young woman holding a baby and the young man with the bruised eye are in the center  as the building moves back and forth. Rag’n’Bone man then moves back and forth, along with the young woman with the ponytail, the young woman with the long chestnut brown hair and an African-American man with braids before returning to Rag’n’Bone Man.

The building moves back and forth again for the young black-haired woman with the bob, the woman with the ponytail, a young man holding his shirt to his nose ,the African-American man with the braids, the young woman with platinum blonde hair, a fortysomething man wearing a hat and the older woman, who is fully made up.

Rag’N’Bone Man continues to sing. The young man with the bruised eye sits in the chair, shirtless, sighing. The African-American man looks down on the floor. The older woman judges while the young woman with chestnut brown hair staring at the floor. The young man with the bruised eye gets up from his chair.

A lecture room spins for several people, including Rag’n’Bone Man. He taps his chest again. The building spins again for him and the morphing then starts again, which doesn’t really focus on anyone. He closes his eyes and then opens them.

Rating: 1/5

The people may as well as be numbers as their faces run across the screen. However, the video values young people’s emotions rather than the older people, which by the video standards is 40 and over.

The young people have it tougher. A young man gets beaten while several twentysomething woman brood and remain deep in thought. The Millenials face graduating college and not finding any work, while dealing with arrogant interviewers hell bent on having them jump through every hoop. Working full-time with benefits is far long gone dream as they go work two jobs to get by.

The older people believe they are superior and the Millennials choose not apply themselves. However, it’s their generation’s “I got mine” attitude that is harming the next one. The older woman, who seems to well-to-do, seems to be the person representing the viewpoint.

The Millennials are a misunderstood generation who have been stereotyped as lazy and entitled. However, there are better ways to make the point than pitting the two generations against one another.

Director: N/A Year: 2016

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