Video Review: Twenty One Pilots “My Blood”

An eight-year-old boy sits on the couch watching a nurse listen to his mother’s heart with a stethoscope. His father, sitting next to her by the hospital, talks with the nurse. He gets up to see his mom.

Back when she was well, she would hold him and swing him around. His father would lift him up and give him a hug.

His ten-year-old brother puts him his arm around him as they watch their father wipe their mother’s forehead with a cloth. His ten-year-old brother helps make his lunch and with his homework. Their father drinks. His ten-year-old brother tucks him in at night.

As teenagers, they hang out together. His older brother hits a mailbox with a baseball. His brother leaps over a fence and holds a dead crow. His older brother presses it against his cheek and he laughs. He moves out of the way as his brother vomits. He sips from the flask his brother gives him.

He and his brother watch the cheerleaders practice. Behind the fence, the football players, wearing varsity jackets, watch them. His older brother does a cartwheel in front of the cheerleaders. The football players chase them off the field.

At the diner, they eat some hamburgers. The football players snicker as they walk past. A football players throws some fries at them. While he leaves with his brother, the football players confront them. His brother pushes them away.

His brother finds a flyer for a party. They dress up as skeletons and dance inside a football player’s home. Twenty One Pilots play in the family room. A football player spots them as they remove their masks.

The football players follow them home. They watch them stand in the driveway. From the window, he watches his older brother get beaten up by the football players. He grabs a baseball bat and starts to hitting him. They run off and he helps his brother up.

In previous scenes, the he spits a French fry at the jock and attends the party by himself. He does his homework alone and holds the dead crow up in the air.

He walks inside alone and sits on the couch.

Rating: 5/5

The guidance counselor told the young man he’s in danger of not graduating. The young man shrugs and says it doesn’t matter. He’ll just work somewhere. He snorts to himself as his invisible older brother tells off the guidance counselor and leaves. The young man runs after his invisible brother. The guidance counselor calls for him.

He skips school, with his invisible brother with him. He tells him about a female classmate who he talked to yesterday. His invisible brother remarks she’s a good lay. He shouts out to the cheerleaders who roll their eyes at him. There is one cheerleader who gives him a shy smile.

He hangs out in the field and sees a dead crow. Holding it in his hands, the crow isn’t as dangerous as it seems. It’s vulnerable and like every other helpless animal. He thinks of the friendly cheerleader. She’s the only one worth talking to in the group. As he stops for food, he finds a flyer and decides to go the party. She’ll be there.

But he doesn’t get up the nerve to talk to her. He sees her laugh with another football player. With his invisible brother’s encouragement, he bumps against him. On the way home, his invisible brother says he’s proud of him. He did something he wouldn’t usually do. However, he hides inside his home as the football players make fun of him in his driveway. He goes outside and hits him with his baseball bat. They call him crazy as they run. He returns back inside and thanks his invisible brother for helping him. His invisible brother says he’ll do anything for him.

In the family room, he receives a phone call to pick up his father from the local bar. The owner points to the booth where his father lies passed out. He pays his father’s tab and carries him to the car. His lips quiver as he thinks of how much he misses his mom and he cries while driving his father home.

Director: Tim Mattia Year: 2018

Pam Avoledo Administrator
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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