Video Review: Cardi B “Up”

Wearing an Abraham D. Levy corset, Cardi B places her heel on a body and stares at the grave. The grave reads, “R.I.P. 2020.” She walks around in the cemetery. A twentysomething man and woman lean in to kiss and she breaks them up.

Wearing a Francesco Murano gown, she stands on a silver platform on the hood of the car. Four twentysomething women move their own steering wheels as they dance in the front seat. Against a cherry red background, she licks her lips as doll heads dangle in her curls.

Wearing a Rey Ortiz outfit, she dances with several twentysomething woman by a hot pink graffitied apartment building. A sea shell opens and she lies with a couple of twentysomething. They touch her Joyce Spakman corset. She kisses one of the women.

Wearing a custom Esme Wagemans clear outfit, she sits on a glass table within a champagne bottle. She drinks a glass of champagne. In a Bryan Hearns outfit, she dances with several women on rotating platform in a futuristic warehouse.

Rating: 3/5

Cardi B folds her hand in prayer at the cemetery. She stares at the seventysomething man lying in the open coffin, representing 2020. She pulls at his arm, saying his evil ways won’t be forgotten. Brushing off her corset, she composes herself and takes a picture. A thirtysomething woman says she can put in whatever she lost at the urn.

She takes a sheet of notebook paper and writes a list. A second thirtysomething woman offer her a glass of champagne as she stands by the urn. She slips her list in it and takes the glass. The second thirtysomething woman asks her if she’d like lamb or quiche. She says lamb. The second thirtysomething woman hands her a carryout container and tells her she hopes she feels better.

It was cathartic to say goodbye to 2020 at the graveyard. She wanted it to be over. However, even in 2020, the disappointment lingered. The year 2021 had some hope so far. But she wanted things to back to normal as soon as possible.

Director: Tanu Muino Year: 2021


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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.