Downfalls High OR

Downfalls High OR

Downfalls High


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Not to call on the wrath of the Beyhive, because truly, the visual poetry that was Lemonade, was a hair-pullingly, lapel-shakingly amazing deep dive into Beyonce artistry. BUT this cultural artifact from Machine Gun Kelly is a proper study of this long-form contemplation of a musical artist's intentions put out into the world. What is this genre? A long music video? A musical short film? Whatever it is, when talented artists like Machine Gun Kelly and long-time collaborator Modsun, take this genre on, it elevates what we now should expect of musicals, of albums and of artists. Read allWhen reserved and lonely teenager Fenix (Chase Hudson) meets popular high school girl Scarlett (Sydney Sweeney), the two form a bond that shapes the rest of his life. A musical drama featuring the music of Machine Gun Kelly.When reserved and lonely teenager Fenix (Chase Hudson) meets popular high school girl Scarlett (Sydney Sweeney), the two form a bond that shapes the rest of his life. A musical drama featuring the music of Machine Gun Kelly. (Source:www.imdb.com))


The directorial debut of Machine Gun Kelly premiered on 15th January. The film by Machine Gun Kelly and MOD SUN narrates the story of a high school relationship via the album of the artist named Tickets To My Downfall. The entire film’s shooting was completed within a week. They shot the film during the four days of fall. The film shows a teenager named Phoenix (Chase Lil Huddy Hudson) and his girlfriend (Sydney Sweeny) as they experience the highs and lows of high school life. Chase Hudson is a TikTok celebrity who is known as Lil Huddy. (Source: Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) has made his directorial debut alongside fellow artist Mod Sun with “Downfalls High,” a 45-minute movie that centers around his newest album, “Tickets to My Downfall,” which was released last September. The movie, however, was released on January 18, which can now be streamed on YouTube as well as MGK’s Facebook page. The album breaks away from the rap music that the artist is known for and instead focuses on a punk-rock sound that would fit the cinematography and overall vibe of his movie. However, while the movie excels in matching its look to its sound, it lacks the natural flow and narrative arc that a movie should have, making “Downfalls High” simply feel like a series of music videos. (Source:www.newuniversity.org))


The script and snippets of the Downfalls High storyline are music-video like--just enough to outline an easy-to-understand plot about unlikely teenage love gone sideways. The characters are emoting just enough to nail the montage of a rapidly moving relationship. Of note is Sydney Sweeney who is reminiscent of a young Amanda Seyfried. Then, MGK, Travis and Co. pop out from the shadows, rocking out in the interludes of the characters' lived moments, as happens in "musicals". But here is where a magical departure takes place: the hackneyed shoe-horned situational songs that make some of us loathe the genre are nowhere to be found. SOMEHOW, MGK's previously released album (Tickets to My Downfall), from which each song was written entirely about personal, specific things that happened in the singer's life (pandemic, death of his father, addiction, thinking of his daughter during a suicidal spell), fit like die-cast joinery with this completely different storyline that had nothing to do with any those things. How?? The musicality and main hooks of the songs mesh entirely with the universal themes of new love, hope, small glories, loneliness, cynicism and heartbreak, even if the lyrics are specific. The fit is uncanny. It is a musical loaded with singles. The only answer is that the songs and the sentiments are universal. (Source: “We’re making a new pop-punk Grease,” MGK told NME last fall. “It was almost like shooting 14 music videos back-to-back, but with a narrative that’s outside of my personal life stories. It focuses on other characters, and then me and [Barker] are just the narrators. It’s an interesting concept because it hasn’t been done for an album ever, maybe outside of like Pink Floyd’s The Wall.” (Source:www.billboard.com))



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