It´s mandatory to watch the whole MV before reading this review.
written by: Budy
Now that you’ve watched it – or if you’ve already done so way before my literary intrusion – you’ll understand the need of my previous warning.
“Please Don’t” narrates one of those stories in a music video that you really want to go into without spoilers. As a second heads up, I may say that this will likely be my longest and most serious MV review you’ll get from me. Basically, because my love for this video is ridiculous.
Let me begin by praising the aesthetics of this MV to the high heavens: everything from the subjective shots to the camera movements and the scenes’ transition speed were directed by a mastermind who combined both asian dramatism and subtle technicisms (made up words ftw). My personal favorite? the dark-light contrasts. They are basic but highly effective resources, and when executed by the proper hands, they set the mood intuitively for us. For instance, always assigning our main character the darkest, colder colors creates a subconscious gloomy aura around him. Even without the acting, our minds are inclined to label him as “sad” or “distant”. It’s done everywhere in film, and it works here.
Now, as for the developement of the story, I’m pretty sure that many fans’ expectations were shredded over the walls in the slaughter of whatever convictions they had left. Why? Because we’ve seen countless love stories with sad endings, especially to ballad singles. But we’ve never seen a gay love story like this (“Reply 1997” aside), especially taking into consideration the taboos of homosexuality in the Korean entertainment industry.
I could spend a million words describing every little scene, but we can sum it up in two main metaphors in two different sets:
1) The car
Seo In Guk‘s character (beautifully interpreted, IMO) finds himself running away with the vision of the bride through a city road at night. But, if we know that he’s not in love with her but with him, shouldn’t both males be the ones escaping, even if it’s just in the protagonist’s imagination? Yes, they should. This is the reason why, as Dasom‘s character (who, i must recognize, did not fail at portraying it) gets sadder and sadder. We get the feeling that she’s not the ghost of a lost love, but from something darker: the inner struggle of our hero to accept himself. And when the revelation strikes the bride, the protagonist, and us, the audience, she fades away, leaving the truth unveiled.
2) The house
Our main character is “trapped” living under the same roof with the groom and the bride. We can make an easy guess and read this situation as a figure for the daily convenience between his feelings and the harsh reality they are opposed to: it’s his painful resignation against the blooming happiness of the couple (talking about contrasts).
I could grow old going on and on about every second of this video, but i’d like to leave the rest to your personal interpretation.
The intention of waking the viewer’s curiosity and creating questions that will never be answered is the goal of this kind of production: if it left you thrilled, then it succeeded. (How much Seo In Guk/Ahn Jae Hyun fanfiction will be written is something no one can answer with certainty)
Honestly, with the flooding amount of videos being released on a daily basis, it’s hard to find jewels like this one trying to catch the remaining rays of attention in an overly saturated market of shiny boxes and weird hairstyles. And yes, I’m probably taking it too seriously but, hey, i think this video deserves it.