Posted by Newson 05/24/2012 at 3:14 PM
If you weren’t able to get your work to expense a trip to Cannes (or your school to give you course credit for it), you probably didn’t get a chance to see Kanye West’s Cruel Summer movie / seven-screen video installation / artistic thinkpiece / work of emotional larceny when it debuted earlier this week. Well, UK site The Guardian was there, and from their summary of the movie’s plot, it sounds like we didn’t really miss that much. Really, from the title alone you can pretty much guess everything that happens. I mean, check out this plot summary:
Cruel Summer stars West’s GOOD Music protege Kid Cudi as a bloke of bad stock. Dad was a car thief – Kid’s desperate not to follow in his footsteps, so instead he walks through a sparkly purple door into the middle of the desert. Men on horseback arrest him. He’s taken to a palace full of fruit. A blind girl plucks a giant guitar string. Cudi’s wrapped in bandages. A hawk flies. In, ultra, slow, motion. Cudi resolves to cure his love of her blindness. The cure for blindness is a remix of a song by Coldplay.
Yawn. Oh great, another movie with a fruit palace scene. The cure for blindness is a Coldplay remix? Geez, never saw that one coming. And if we never have to sit through one more cheesy “kid escapes life of crime through sparkly purple door to desert” story, it’ll be too soon. And Kanye’s explanation of the movie? A “post-Steve Jobs era” realization of his artistic synesthesia. Yeah, that explanation might have been interesting when DMX was using it about Never Die Alone, Kanye, but it’s not anymore. Not an original, unpredictable idea in his head, this guy.
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