Like Moths to Flames’ Video for “Wither” is Just Like the Movie Up, Only Shitty
If you can make it through the first ten minutes of Pixar’s Up without crying, you are a robot. It’s a masterpiece of narrative brevity, taking you through the entire history of a marriage before the film’s actual story has even begun.
Like Moths to Flames new video for their song “Wither” is basically like the second half of this brilliant piece of filmmaking, only without being brilliant — or even decent — itself.
We can let the usual budgetary restraints slide (the Old Lady calls 911 because the Old Man is having a heart attack, and they dispatch one lone paramedic?), but the inanity of the narrative is impossible to ignore. In an attempt to illustrate the day-to-day lives of the Old Lady and the Old Man, we are shown:
- The Old Lady making and serving the Old Man tea
- The Old Lady reading
- The Old Lady making and serving the Old Man toast
- The Old Lady vacuuming
- The Old Man napping
Holy crap. This is like the Sunn O))) song of metal videos. That there isn’t a scene where the Old Man stands at the toilet for an hour trying to pee is kind of amazing. I bet they considered it and ultimately ruled out the idea for being too dramatic.
ANYWAY, then the Old Man has a heart attack and you think, “Okay, this video is finally going somewhere!”, but no not really. He dies (spoiler alert). She’s sad. The end.
I’ll give the band this much, though: when vocalist Chris Roetter says that the video “fits great with the tone of the song,” he ain’t lying. Hey, he said it, not me.