Video Review: Bonnie Tyler “Total Eclipse of the Heart”

Bonnie Tyler stares out of the window, watching the moon, at the boys’ prep school. Candles burn on the table. A dove flies into the room. A young man opens the door to the room, his eyes glowing and sees Tyler in her white dress.

As she walks down the hallway, doors fly open and a scarlet red sheet blows by her. The teenage boys look up from their work in the classroom. A 10-year-old boy sits in angel-winged chair and releases the dove in his palm. Water splashes the teenage boys, wearing bathing suits, in the locker room. She watches as the teenage boys, wearing suits, raise their glasses at the dinner table. She opens the door to the second floor and stands on the balcony. The teenage boys dance downstairs. Several football players run a play as she runs towards the glass wall. She puts her head against it.

Lit in white, she runs down the hallway. The teenage boys, wearing suits, turn over the dishes and the table cover. She sees a choir of young men with glowing eyes in one of the rooms. One flies to her. They crowd her. A second young man wraps his angel wings around her.

On the first day of school, she shakes the young men’s hands as they stand on the steps of the prep school. A third young man holds her hand as his eyes glow. She stands on the steps as they walk into school.

Rating: 2.5/5

Bonnie Tyler lets the third young man into her bedroom. She says they can continue their talk and offers him some wine. He responds “sure.” She taps his nose and says to make himself comfortable. She smiles to herself as she watches him feel the bed before sitting on it. He was such a sweet boy. However, he needed to learn about women. He was shy and unassuming. His parents sent him a care package every so often. He wrote them lengthy letters but they barely responded.

She pats him on the head and asks him he knows how to kiss. He shakes his head, telling her, “no ma’am.” She puts his hand to his lips and says he can call her Bonnie. She adds that young ladies overlook men like him. But she sees him as handsome and smart. He grins. She says she’s going to kiss him now. They kiss.

They hid their relationship from the school. Some of the young men had stayed away from her and whispered to their friends about her. They dismissed the power she possessed. She expelled several of the young men and vowed that they would have a safer school during an assembly. Those boys could’ve reported her. She did what she had to do. The third young man had no desire to speak up. He was hers. She was his family now.

Director: Russell Mulcahy Year: 1983

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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 poetry has been published in the White Wall Review and 45 Magazine.