The new video for Love The Way You Lie by Eminem ft Rihanna was released yesterday and I love it! The lyrics, concept, actors, fashion, set, story is great! The video features the sexy 'Transformers' star Megan Fox and awesome 'Lost' star Dominic Monoghan as lovers but it's one of those 'love/hate' relationships.
It starts off with a punky image of Rihanna with her awesome new red hair singing the chorus hookline and then it goes to Megan and Dominic. They're sleeping together until Megan wakes up and sees that Dominic has a girl's telephone number on his arm. It then goes to Eminiem rapping in a lovely wheat field where the sun is slowly setting. Megan frantically jumps off the bed and they start fighting. The fight/love scenes are fairly graphic and aren't the average music video fight. It may be quite shocking to younger viewers however with the media constantly pushing what is acceptable, this video isn't that explicit.
I love how hard hitting this video is and certainly fits with Emimen's image and lyrics; plus Rihanna is the perfect choice to feature for the chorus. I think more music videos/mini movies should be as gripping as this and more emotive/conceptual. Seeing the same dance/performance music videos are boring, this video certainly catches the viewer's attention. Since Justin Timberlake started creating monster music videos such as Sexy Back and What Goes Around... Comes Around and then Lady Gaga taking it to the next level with mini movies such as Paparazzi, Bad Romance, Telephone and Alejandro; music videos have been elevated to not just videos playing music but video being a work of art and telling a story. Today it seems that music and art are being appreciated hand in hand and video photography features heavily in these videos.
The fashion in this is great; not necessarily of Eminem but of Rihanna and Megan Fox. Rihanna wears black boots with black leather jacket, low cut black vest top, black short pants and a gold cross. This description doesn't say a lot however on Rihanna it looks hot! Megan Fox looks particulary effortlessly sexy as she usually does, with black worker boots, blue demin shorts and grey vest.
This video features awesome graphics with fire. You see Dominic, Eminem and Megan be consumed with fire and this leads on to the house becoming on fire and burning down. Eminem and Rihanna sing and stand in front of the house and watch it burn.
The refrain that Rihanna sings is this:
'Just gonna stand there and watch me burn
But that's alright because I like the way it hurts
Just gonna stand there and hear me cry
But that's alright because I love the way you lie'
Which are very catchy yet thoughtful lyrics. These lyrics explain the whole story to the video.
The very last scene is of Megan and Dominic on bed together sleeping peacefully in eachother's arms like the first scene of them in the video. Their love is fragile as it constantly breaks however they still seem to get back together due to 'loving the ways they lie'.