Video Review: Shawn Mendes & Justin Bieber “Monster”

In silhouette, Justin Bieber hangs his head as he leans against a tree in the forest. Shawn Mendes, also in silhouette, walks past the lights. Lit in midnight blue, he touches his chest as he continues to walk towards a raised platform. Spreading his arms, he walks up the stairs.

As he stands on top of the platform, smoke hovers over the trees. He turns and sees Bieber. Walking around him, he stands at the end with his hands behind his head. Bieber stares into space. They stand back to back. Mendes walks away and stomps his foot. Bieber sits on the edge and shields his eyes.

Rating: 1/5

It was just a bad day. Shawn Mendes touches the fence as he walks on the trail. The angry outburst wasn’t like him. His girlfriend had yelled at him that he had changed. His longtime friends had long disappeared.  One had reached out and flat out said they didn’t have anything in common. He talked less to his parents. Something was amiss. He calls up one his best friends, Justin Bieber.

Bieber greets with him a hug on the trial and asks him how he’s doing. Mendes says he thinks he’s turning into a horrible person. Bieber recounts the things he did as a teenager and says he’s in a much better place than he was. Mendes says the pressure is getting to him. Bieber hands him a brochure to his church.

Mendes buys some flowers on the way home. He explains to his girlfriend he shouldn’t have taken things out on her. He’ll turn himself around and promises to be the man she knows he can be. She slides off the counter and says it’s okay. She puts the flowers in the vase and asks if he can do some of the laundry. She hasn’t had any time. He walks to the laundry room and picks up the pile of sweaters.

Director: Colin Tilley Year: 2020

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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 . Fevers of the Mind, and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology.