Though by no means an immaculate opus, Kanye West‘s newest, a 40 minute long form video entitled “Runaway” is filled with pretty inspired visuals and directorial decisions. The story unfolds about a fallen angel and her need to return to heaven, and Kanye fills the screen with images of fire and nature, car crashes and solemn dinner parties. The long shots and takes are nods to great directors like Van Sant and Kubrick, while the subject matter, color palettes and symbolism reminds me a lot of 70’s auteurs like Jodorowsky and Pasolini.
It’s worth checking out, if you have 40 minutes to spare. It’s not perfect, and a bit longwinded, and not exactly acted well, but for a music video it carries large themes and defies the typical cliches associated with hip-hop imagery. I for one, can celebrate that.