Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Official MV: Steven Ma & Fala Chen duet, 'Platonic Love'.
馬浚偉 x 陳法拉 - 非戀之情 Official MV
I'd refrained from giving my first impression of this mv so as not to be rash in voicing my pov. After sleeping on it, here is my honest opinion, tell me yours. Steven looks handsome and Fala looks ravishing in the mv BUT....
I think the mv missed the very heart/essence of the song as it not only fails to convey the lyrics' message of the Mala's platonic love relationship but also fails to evoke the images of Mala's private moments (re lyrics) of Steven comforting Fala sans the crowd. In short, the mv fails as a visual expression of Platonic Love song when Steven opted to visualize a love-for-all theme over a platonic love theme, in doing so, the mv loses the intimacy of the lyrics and the identity of the song. True that the literal translation of its song title is "non-romantic love relation" but from its lyrics, the song is a very personal, very private and very intimate running conversation of an older 'brother' sagely comforting/advising an aggrieved younger 'sister'. I know the intent of the mv is to convey different forms of love, and as an encompassing 'love-for-all' song theme it would be a nice enough mv with its positive vibe but the problem is that the mv is not relevant to the Platonic Love duet. This mv is more like a random home video of an ensemble cast (Mala inclusive) with no main leads anchoring a theme or used as a focal point, which in my opinion is a flaw in itself because in striving to be 'nice' and 'positive', the mv loses the integrity of entertainment and becomes bland.
To elaborate, as an eagerly long anticipated Mala's Platonic Love mv, I not only find the mv lacking a tight thematic focus but also missing that very important 'wow-oomph' factor that makes a mv stand out from the crowd! Furthermore, the mv fails to visually capture the very essence of the song, which is the message that a platonic love relationship (as opposed to romantic) does and can exist between a man and a woman. The mv also fails to evoke the images of the lyrics which is the duo's very personal/intimate and very private in-the-moment spontaneous dialog exchange, which to their credit, both Steven and Fala gave an excellent portrayal of their characters' personalities and feelings. Moreover, the presence of superfluous people+baby+dogs cluttered/crowded the whole mv, muddled the focus and message of the song, and more importantly, intruded in the duo's intimacy that is the essence of the song. No offense but honestly, I couldn't careless about the other people in the mv and would have rather them not being featured in the mv at all.
I know Steven wants to promote the different kinds of love via the mv but it is precisely the contrived deliberateness I dislike because the mv comes across like an evangelistic propaganda or a love-for-all commercial or a "love me, love my dogs love my friends package" than an artistic mv for Platonic Love. If want to promote love-for-all then write another song for that mv, let Platonic Love mv be a pure Mala entertaining musical (like Broadway or stage show, or did a dance number like 'So you think you can dance' ) video for all Mala fans to enjoy without the lofty intent. I'm sorry to say the Platonic Love mv is a miss for me in that it does not realized its song's potentiality - mv is not bad but not outstanding either when it could be so much more because Mala were really good in their portrayals. At least this mv is much better than TVB's Heaven Will mv - now that was truly a WTH was that mv.
vid credit: TrueStarHongKong