Lady Gaga's '911' video a home run on mental health
Lady Gaga is back in her colorful, heady vibe and her latest short film (read music video extended with a scene full of dialogues and a few actors) is breaking the internet apart. The surreal landscapes, the outlandish (as usual), somewhat good-looking costumes for a change, and a really engaging theme had clocked in 22 million views within nine days of uploading 911.
'911' is part of Gaga's album Chromatica, released this year
The video is based on her single by the same name. 911 is part of Gaga's album Chromatica, released on May 29 this year. The artiste stated in her interview with Apple music that 911 is about her struggle with antipsychotics. "I can't always control things that my brain does. I have to take medication to stop the process," Gaga said.
The video starts with Gaga draped in a colorful attire
The video floods the viewer with psychedelic imagery as Gaga, draped in a colorful attire, is seen waking up beside a broken bicycle and pomegranates. A horseman looking similar to LG's advertisement waits for her to wake up. A Twitter user related the brand tagline with the video and interpreted this as how everyone thinks that it is always "Life's Good" for Gaga.
How does the video explain Gaga's inner demons?
The camera movement steals the show right when the beat drops. Showing a thudding movement of someone passing out, again and again, a dancer shows how dependence on pills conditions Gaga to listen to her voices on loop. "My biggest enemy is me, pop a 911": goes the hook. The entire dream ends as Gaga is defibrillated successfully at an accident spot.
This short film is a "poetry of pain" for Gaga
Gaga took to Instagram to thank director Tarsem for shaping his 25-year-old idea and Gaga's struggles together in this video. "This short film is very personal to me, my experience with mental health and the way reality and dreams can interconnect to form heroes within us and all around us," the singer wrote, also thanking her team for helping create this "poetry of pain."