Gaga’s “Marry The Night” music video is a bizarre, frightening and beautiful composition. The highly anticipated video leaked out to her little monsters Thursday afternoon, just hours before the clip’s official release at 8 pm EST. The provocative video directed by Gaga herself runs nearly 14 minutes long and involves the empress of pop dousing herself in Honey Nut Cheerios, prancing around in the nude and nonchalantly smoking in a parking lot of exploding cars.
The scene opens with Lady Gaga getting carted away on a gurney through the halls of a mental hospital and is accompanied by a voice over narration. Gaga ponders her past and the reality of her present state as she observes herself from a distance, woefully admitting that “Memories are not recycled like atoms and particles in quantum physics. They can be lost forever. It’s sort of like my past is an unfinished painting, and as the artist of that painting, I must fill in all the ugly holes and make it beautiful again. It’s not that I’ve been dishonest. It’s just that I loathe reality.”
The opening scene spins off into a medley of flashbacks of Gaga violently breaking down in her apartment to her in a peach plastic tutu quietly performing ballet. The stark contrast catches you off guard, yet the juxtaposition of her anguish and reserve moves the audience. After 9 minutes of what seems to be a short film, the video launches into “Marry The Night” and Gaga is back in full force, belting out notes and dancing with vindication as flames erupt around her.
“Marry The Night” may at first appear as if Lady Gaga has completely crossed the fine line between creative art and utter delusion. However, watch it again, think about it and watch it one more time after that. Gaga’s latest work captures the anguish and reality of the breakdown and the strength it takes to get back up and do it “all over again.” It’s a universal message everyone can relate to, making “Marry The Night” a sublime opus of personal resurrection.
Watch Lady Gaga’s “Marry The Night” below:
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