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Idris Elba Is A Beast Of The English Wild In Mumford & Sons Video He Directed & Stars In

by Tambay A. Obenson
November 5, 2012 4:43 PM
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It took me a 3 screenings, but I figured out what's going on her; at least I think I did. See where your own intepretation takes you.

Idris Elba has been on a music video directing kick lately, after having recently directed one for one of his own tracks, while shooting his Mandela film in South Africa. I'd say his warming up for his feature film directorial debut, won't you?

Watch the Mumford & Sons video below, for a track titled Lover of the Light (the title is obviously a clue):

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  • Darnell | November 7, 2012 10:08 PMReply

    First, we have to consider that the focus should be on the "song", not the video. I am suggesting the meaning is in the lyrics. Now, in relation to the video, it's a given that's he's blind. It's illustrated by the white cane and the way he glides his fingers over his ties. He's feeling for little stitches the blind use to distinguish/mark their clothing. In the egg scene, it was more about distance and splash than temperature. Same thing with the coffee, he was merely reaching out to find it. Water boils when hot and he fixed and poured the coffee. So again, listen to the words. Along with the title, here's a couple that I believe gives a closer "insight" . "Stretch out my life and pick the seams out. Take what you like but close my ears and eyes watch me stumble over and over" . Now forget the fact that the man is blind (throw that out) what's left? Here's another: "I had done wrong you built your tower. But call me home and I will build a throne and wash my eyes out never again. " Hmmmm....

  • ALM | November 10, 2012 5:57 PM

    @ Darnell: Well alright, good interpretation, Negro spirituals and all. LOL :)

  • Darnell | November 8, 2012 12:53 AM

    "Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now I see. T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear, and Grace, my fears relieved. How precious did that Grace appear. The hour I first believed". Again I am suggesting that this video is merely Idris' interpretation of the central message. It's obvious - to me anyway :-) - that this is about "enlightenment", "awakening" and to a large degree "forgiveness". All of which are connected to "feelings", not sight. If you noticed, Idris was "going through" in much of the video. Consequently, at the end of his journey, feeling and using his senes along the way, his reaction -at the end of his road -- was that of jubilation/freedom. Also, in an early scene it appears he's talking to someone. Could this be his way of telling us, the viewer, that he's talking to himself. In affect, reaffirming some new found insight and stumbles. He did, "testify" to his past indiscretions, as one would do in a confessional. Hence "I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now I see" . Well, that's my interpretation and I'm sticking to it :-)

  • Geneva Girl | November 7, 2012 6:12 AMReply

    Please, please give your interpretation. I watched it with my ten-year old and we both responded with a, "Huh?" I don't know if I'll give it three viewings to figure it out.

  • ALM | November 6, 2012 8:38 PMReply

    If he knocks off the deer, he'll get his sight back? :)

  • Charles Judson | November 6, 2012 1:34 PMReply

    He's blind throughout the picture. When his hand is hovering over the boiling water it's a technique used to judge the temperature and also to make sure he doesn't drop the egg in, splashing hot water all over the place. Same with how he holds the cup of coffee to judge if it's too hot. When he's walking the down the steps his arms are spread to navigate so he's in the center. The entire film makes a lot of references to how he uses his senses--listening for the ocean as an example, the deer is a red herring of sorts--to find his way around, including using those same techniques to find the light. Without the light he has to be self reliant and he uses that self reliance to chase the light before it sets for the day. Underlying message seems to be about determination.

  • Charles Judson | November 7, 2012 8:19 PM

    @Nicole Does it come with benefits? If so count me in.

  • Nicole | November 7, 2012 8:02 PM

    @Charles: "Much like you would feel the heat, or touch, of someone you love first thing in the morning. That been absent when they're gone would be something you'd long for every morning, and would want to chase to get back just one last time."

    Exactly! We should make you the official Idris Elba Music Video Interpreter. LOL!

  • Charles Judson | November 7, 2012 6:40 PM

    @Nicole I can definitely see the video being a metaphor for loss as well. Definitely alters how to read the opening when Idris rolls over and is feeling the heat of the light on his hand after he wakes up. Much like you would feel the heat, or touch, of someone you love first thing in the morning. That been absent when they're gone would be something you'd long for every morning, and would want to chase to get back just one last time. @ALM Thanks. Forgot to add in my original post that I liked the video a lot.

  • ALM | November 7, 2012 3:43 PM

    @ Charles Judson: Great job on the interpretation

  • Nicole | November 7, 2012 3:20 PM

    Charles, I think this is the most well-thought explanation I've seen. Personally, I thought the video dealt with loss. Loss of a loved one. I thought he was going through the motions of adjusting to life without someone he loved. Interesting.

  • Darkan | November 6, 2012 1:17 PMReply

    This video only makes pure sense to Idris. The only interpretation I could come with is that he woke up one morning and could see but there is still a lot left up to opinion. I actually want my 6 mins back. Btw Idris, get in the gym!

  • BluTopaz | November 6, 2012 12:48 PMReply

    Self indulgent malarky.

  • kirk | November 5, 2012 9:49 PMReply

    That picture is his reaction to Tyler asking him to be in another madea movie.

  • Winston | November 6, 2012 9:12 AM

    And the bubble above his head (out of the picture) reads "I thought you'd never ask. You bet I will. Those cheap blokes behind Prometheus didn't pay me half of what you did, so thank you"

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