… part two of the four part series. Read part one here.
The following commentators convey two different notions of the video “One” by Metallica. Look for the differences between their descriptions of the video concerning its purpose.
Commentator A: “it’s an entertainment video.”
Metallica’s music video of their song “One” was great. I was thoroughly entertained. It was great how they used footage from the movie “Johnnie Got His Gun” to give the song a dark, tragic feeling; the thought of being isolated like the helpless war victim was chilling. Even though the video did not always emphasize the song but often focused on movie clips and dialogue it is still a music video because it is based on the song “One” and it is supposed to be entertaining.
Do you agree with commentator A? It is obvious to commentator A that it is a “music video”; essentially a video that is entertaining. See what commentator B has to say.
Commentator B: “it’s an anti-war video.”
This is one of the most moving condemnations of war I have ever seen (quote from commentator motavation69 on YouTube). It is clearly an anti-war video. The band that is playing in between the movie clips is there to help convey the anti-war message. The song itself, “One”, is based on this message which is why I wouldn’t call it a music video but an anti-war video. Since the band appears in support of the anti-war message the video is meant to convey the message rousingly.
For commentator B, “One” is an anti-war video. The purpose of the video is to convey the anti-war message.
Check back next week for part three of this series. Part three will analyze the commentary in this article while looking at the consequences for Metallica as they follow from each commentator’s description.
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- One – Metallica’s music video (YouTube)
- Foreword to Part Three – (Foreword to analysis of commentary)
- Part Three – (Analysis of commentary)
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