Video Review: Dierks Bentley “Gone”

Dierks Bentley, with messy hair, sits on the hotel bed and watches television. A empty pizza box sits on the table. He flips through the stations. On the first station, a version of himself performs with a guitar on a late show. In black-and-white, a thirtysomething woman talks to him in a bar in a 1950s movie. A thirtysomething man (also Bentley) pulls her to him and touches her cheek. She turns away from him and walk away. He raises his glass and drinks. Bentley raises his beer bottle.

A second thirtysomething man (Bentley) throws a football. The football hits him in the crotch as his name appears in the credits. The second thirtysomething man gives a thumbs up. A third thirtysomething man (Bentley) holds up a burned chicken in a pot, while wearing a Kiss The Cook apron and chef’s hat on the cooking show. A baby, wearing a chef’s hat, plays with a bowl on the counter. At night, a fourth thirtysomething man (Bentley) glances over his shoulder and flies

In the French film, Le Hotel De Heartbreak, a second thirtysomething woman drinks as she stands in the doorway. The evening news reports the tanking stock market as the chyron reads “stocks hit bottom.” A fourth thirtysomething man (Bentley) cuts the cord of a bomb in a kitchen and blows himself up. Back on the sitcom, the a baby vomits on the second thirtysomething man.

A third twentysomething woman slaps a fifth twentysomething man (Bentley) in a 70s blaxploitation film. He tells her, “I like your style.” The twentysomething woman says her “name is T.N.T.” As he reaches for her face, she twists his arm. A sixth thirtysomething man (Bentley) works in an office. He answers his banana while his crush as a fourth twentysomething cringes.

Bentley stands near the television and continues to flip through stations with the remote. In a commercial, a seventh thirtysomething man waves a goblet by his face and puts his hands on the shoulders of a fifth twentysomething woman. She plays with the tassel on the Gone perfume bottle and spritzes him in the eyes. An animated thirtysomething fishes on the dock. The pole snaps as he reels it in. A tear runs down his cheek.  An eighth thirtysomething man (Bentley)  raises his sword in a medieval drama. A dragon flies and breathes fire on him. Bentley, on the couch, exclaims, “what?”

A ninth thirtysomething man (Bentley) stands off with a fortysomething man in a spaghetti western film. They both draw their guns. The ninth thirtysomething man gets shot and falls onto the ground. A tenth thirtysomething man (Bentley) tries to loosens the ropes around his wrists as a masked serial killer approaches him with an axe. Bentley shrugs as he lies down on the bed. The credits roll on the television. Bentley, wearing a robe and sunglasses, walks out of the hotel room.

Rating: 3.5/5

Dierks Bentley tosses the fifth beer bottle in the garbage can in the hotel room. He opens the mini-bar and drinks one of the bottles. It was going to cost him. However, he deserved to splurge. He holds his stomach as he walks. On the floor were piles of dirty shirts and jeans.  He picks them up and throws on one. It didn’t matter. Nothing did anymore.

An 80s sitcom plays on television. Bentley turns to watch it. He had seen every episode as a child. Growing up, he had wanted the dad as his parent. Seeing it now, he imagines himself as the dad. He’d know the right answers and the family would look up to him. They’d see him as someone reliable. His ex-girlfriend had told him he had to get himself together and left him.

A perfume commercial airs with a famous actor after the ending credits. The actor, in his suit, stares at a twentysomething model in the ballroom. But she can’t resist him and runs to him. They embrace, her scent filling him with desire. Bentley puts on his sunglasses and stares. He imagines his favorite actress, wearing a couture dress, telling him they can’t be together. He puts his arms around her and glares at a equally handsome man. The handsome man backs off. She says she believes in him. Bentley sighs as he thinks of the famous actress’ lips on his. It could be true.

Directors: Ed Pryor, Sam Siske, Running Bear, Travis Nicholson & Wes Edwards Year: 2020

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 & 45 Magazine.