Video Review: Cheryl Cole “Parachute”

Lit in scarlet red, Cheryl Cole walks down the steps inside Eltham Palace. A young man (Derek Hough) stands straight in the hall and spreads his arms. He spins several times and touches the floor with his hand.

He sees her walk into the room and pushes his vest and they begin to circle one another. She puts her hands on his face and he twists her arms, pulling her backwards. He puts his mouth on her neck. He lifts her and swings her low to the floor. They separate.

Wearing a metallic blue suit with spiked edges, she walks down the hallway and opens the door to the Art Deco room. Taking off her jacket, she slides her hand on the wall. Above her is a painting of the young man.

The young man stands in another hallway.

Back in the hall, men dance around her in a circle. She pulls them towards her and then away. Lit in scarlet red and wearing a white dress, the young man kisses her neck again.

In the bedroom, underneath a full moon, she touches her body and arches her back. Back in the hall, the men whip their jackets as she and the young man continue to dance.

Lit in midnight blue, she stands by the full moon, waving her arms as the sheets flow like the ocean.

Rating: 3/5

Socialite Cheryl Cole enters Eltham Palace, preparing for a fundraiser with other donors. As a legacy, she had ancestors as far back as the 12th century stay at the palace and preserving their history is her daily goal.

A young man waits for her and they dance. He makes his intentions known but she remains cool. Many other men try to please her and crave her attention. She studies them with their eyes. One young man’s hands are wrinkled, a result of manual labor. She figures he must be the help.

She retires to her bedroom, where she stands underneath a replica of a full moon. The palace powers her with its grandeur and its royal blood. She is no longer a person. She is a modern princess involved in a silent rebellion against social norms. To the masses, she is a woman to be honored, a realistic voice but to the monarchy, a threatening presence that must be rid of quickly.

Director: AlexandLiane Year: 2010

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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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