Vampire Weekend's Giving Up the Gun video
- February 22, 2010 3:05 PM |
- By Lee Ferguson
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal makes a court appearance in Vampire Weekend's video Giving Up the Gun. (Select/YouTube)
Vampire Weekend are no strangers to abstract, arty videos - having already established their quirky cred with nods to Wes Anderson in Oxford Comma and the oddball, trashy 80s movies vibe going on throughout Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa.
Accordingly, Vampire Weekend's latest, the star-studded Giving Up the Gun, is being treated like a bit of an event. And it certainly feels like some kind of achievement - this might be the first clip to ever successfully out-weird the much-mocked mime tennis match that takes place at the end of Blow-Up:
I've seen it three times, and I'm still not quite sure what to make of the minimalist space-age set, the fact Lil Jon's tennis coach spouts advice in French subtitles and the random images of twins, a samurai and milk that pop up during the course of the increasingly bizarre video.
Whatever director Emmett Malloy intended, the terrific celebrity cameos throughout make Giving Up the Gun feel like the video shoot must've been a laugh riot. RZA is just about perfect as the stone-faced umpire, while I'm still trying to recover from Jake Gyllenhaal's appearance as a very boozy opponent in tear-away pants.
What do you think, readers? Is Vampire Weekend's latest video a misfire or a masterpiece?
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