Video Review: Shawn Mendes "There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back"

At the venue, a young woman (Ellie Bamber) sits by the left side of the stage, waiting. In her sneakers, she walks on the railing and looks at the ceiling.

Shawn Mendes walks up the stairs to the stage. Millions of people scream for him as he holds his guitar.

In Europe, he and the young woman ride the train through Amsterdam. He holds her hand, caressing her fingers.

Mendes performs on stage.

She is in awe of the lights and watches the train as it goes by. She opens the window of the train and then leans her head out the window. While riding the escalator, she bends her face towards him, giving him a kiss.

Mendes hands over his guitar and rests during intermission.

At night, she takes his hand and they run, racing the steps of the Viaduc De Passy. He looks over his shoulder. They take in the view of the Eiffel Tower. They dance among the columns and look at the stars.

During the day, he drives a pickup through the fields. She gazes at him.

Fans light up their cellphones and wave them as he performs another set.

They run and ride bicycles in the Amsterdam. She raises her arms in the air once they reach the top of the cliff. He jumps in celebration. They kayak across the ocean.

At a cafe, she turns her head away, staring out the window, tired. They hold their hands over their coffee cups. She runs on the rock in the middle of the ocean. He hops from one to the other.  They hug. At the cliff, Mendes shouts, wanting to his voice echo.

In the front row, the young woman claps and he smiles.

Rating: 3/5

It was absolutely crazy. Shawn Mendes thought the young woman was going to say no. They met during a meet-and-greet. They talked for nearly twenty minutes about school and their travels. His assistant had to remind him that other people were waiting to talk to him. He asked her if she wanted to stay after the show and gave her a backstage pass.

She recommended a restaurant in the city and they stopped to eat. They continued to talk more. With his manager telling him they have to leave now, he asked if he wanted to go on tour with him. She said yes.

On his days off, she took him to some of her favorite unseen places in Europe. He fell in love with her. In the front row of every show, he looks forward to seeing her face. His manager keeps telling her that she has to go, at some point. But he keeps fighting his manager on it, offering to pay the extra money to allow her to stay. She is the one thing that is keeping him from being disconnected from the world. He no longer feels hidden away.

Director: N/A Year: 2017


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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 and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kristofia anthology.

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