19.11.10 by Jeff

The Suburbs

“The Suburbs” by Arcade Fire. Directed by Spike Jonze.

arcade fire the suburbs music video spike jonze

Watch the music video below!





  • http://raymondroman.wordpresss.com/ Raymond Roman

    Nice, can’t wait for the short film!

  • http://www.flickr.com/bastiencest Seba

    Jonze = quality

    Amazing!

  • K Baergen

    Spike Jonze does it again.

  • Bacon

    I LOVE Arcade Fire and Spike Jonze, but this was just trite and lacking of any meaning. What am I supposed to care about?

    • http://joetucker.org Joe

      I totally agree. It kinda felt like a more complex and less fluid version of MIA’s Born Free video.

      I’m calling this one a miss.

      • eric

        I dont think there was any grander ambition than to express what it’s like to be a kid, all the experiences/emotions/friendships that go with that, and then having to face growing up. Albeit, normally without an army intervening.

        The first 5 minutes of Where the Wild Things Are felt the same in that I could totally understand what it was like to be a kid and to be that kid-that shot where he’s looking up from underneath the table at his mom is incredible.

        All Jonze and Arcade Fire want you to care about is that memory and an understanding of how you transition out of it, and I think the videos really successful at that.

  • Kelsey

    wow,man,wow. that was amazing.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/51249031@N02/ doris

    agree with bacon! I thought it would be something different

  • http://iknowthenervouswalking.wordpress.com Alexander

    i love you, spike jonze

  • 4EVZYNG

    All you haters that don’t get it are just old. Congrats.

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      no i think i agree that this video falls short – i’ve watched it a few times now – there’s not enough there for us to care what happens to the character at the end. i didn’t want to judge the video until i had watched it several times and it definitely feels incomplete

      • frank

        Its a music video.Moving images and music.The fact that it made anybody wonder what there was to care about or if it did a good job at capturing what its like to be a kid means that it went far beyond its sole purpose, wich in the end is promotion.

  • rayneberry

    I don’t believe they are trying to make you care about only one person. This video made me care about the whole group of them..With the growing of the police state, the collapse of the dollar on our door steps, it is only time before the government has to enact Marshall law, and to imagine a world like this, to see the free young minds of the world have to live like this, well it is just heartbreaking.

    I hope that everyone is doing whatever they can peacefully to stop this tyrannical government that we have living over our heads…They already steal most of our money, and surveil us everywhere we go….what is next continuous war…

    no wait we already have that too….this video is so moving, I hope it reaches people of all ages..

  • http://ericslatkin.com Eric

    Hey Frank-

    I feel like there was a time when directors started off their careers making music videos so they could eventually leap into making feature films. But here’s a filmmaker who’s made it, now making a music video-I hate to burst your bubble here but music videos aren’t promotion, they are the new short film and a burgeoning art form unto themselves.

    • Nicolas

      Spike Jonze actually started off making skate and music videos. He’s only made 3 feature lengths movies and dozens of video and shorts. This is a music video but put together from clips of a short film, so obviously the whole narrative isn’t clear, just wait and it will become clear.

  • Kerri

    This really moved me. It makes me want more. It makes me wonder why and it makes me want to know more about it. I’m sitting here googling meanings of this video and this song. I find it so incredible and interesting.

  • willian

    I agree with Bacon and Joe: there’s something missing. Really seems to be a loose and gross version of MIA´s Born Free.

    wrong

  • Kat

    I kinda wish I hadn’t watched this.

  • Beattie

    O MY lordy the two guys remind me of tony and sid off skins just younger