• JaidedAI

    I think that this very well described my initial reaction to the video. But about TaeYang’s hair, it’s actually a reference to Francis Ford Capolla’s adaptation of Dracula 

    • Mintmint

      The Dracula thing would have been cool if it weren’t for the sparkly tank top. Lol. The problem with this MV is that they combine too many references into one outfit.

      • JaidedAI

         I think if they would have stuck with the black one that he wore in the photo shoot he just participated in, it would have been better. But I would have preferred to see a different hairstyle instead, like they gave him the Edward Scissorhands outfit, why not actually give him the hair for it? They could have even did more with his make up, like if he’s going to be the monster parading around half nakie, he could have had some scars or something cool like that.

        • Mintmint

          Thank you! The black one was SO GOOD! Why didn’t they use it more in the MV? I loved Taeyang’s teaser and it looked great on him there.

          The scars thing is a really cool idea. Replace the bling with that. It would definitely feel more authentic and relevant.

  • http://twitter.com/polinchka polinchka

    I was so appalled by their outfits that I had to sit through most of the video in shock. Taeyang’s bling made me want to claw it off of him. It took listening to the song without watching the video to truly find a liking for the song, which I really do. I totally prefer Love Song, Blue, Bad Boy, Haru Haru, etc in style but Monster is a nice song. Whoever dressed TOP needs to go back to school. He just reminded me of Isabella from Paradise Kiss with that hat. NOT the reference they were going for, I don’t think but it really threw me off. I’m glad Big Bang is producing music and can’t wait to snag myself some tickets to their show when they come to the US but ouch. I love your artistic abilities but don’t did they even watch the video themselves? 

    • Mintmint

      Totally agree… But I also can’t wait for their concerts in the US. Lol.

  • Issydv

    I thought GD with the red hair and horns was the kind of cute where you want to pinch his cheeks cute.  I dig it.  Daesung with the wild hair was kind of hot. 

    TOP should hold a party and burn that horrible hat though.  With a flame thrower.

  • ilovessantokki

    I loved it. I think some people get too hung up in the crazy aesthetics of it – ‘why is Taeyang’s hair like that?! Why is Daesung naked (not that it’s a bad thing)? Why is GD wearing… that?’

    I mean, the concept of the song is otherwordly and bizarre, so it makes sense that the video would be the same. The fashion choices and hairstyles should take a backseat to the actual substance of the video and the song, but this article spends half the time explaining the video we’ve all seen then the other lamenting over the fact that Big Bang had the cahones to dress up in strange costumes for a song that almost calls for it.

    Yes, the fashion was weird but it’s not like it was out of place. The whole video is, like the author said, fantasical so to have Big Bang in suits or casual wear would just be weird. Big Bang is nothing if not a group that will go all the way with whatever they do. A lot of kpop groups have tried the bizarre route, but I think you’ll be hard pressed to find many that did it better than Big Bang.

    And maybe I’m in the minority, but I don’t think the video distracted from the song at all. I actually find the song a little lackluster – great, but something falls through at the chorus. The bridge is where the song really shines, but it’s not a song I would listen to over and over again. The video, however, just blew it out of the water. I have a better opinion of the song because of the music video and how well done it was. I think it added to the value of the single.

    I’m surprised the article didn’t go into the storyline or the depth of the lyrics at all. It kinda just glossed over it.

    I’ve heard a lot of theories about the storyline and meaning of the song as a whole, but from reading the english translations, where I’m sure some things were lost in translation, I think it’s clear GD must have written this some time during BB’s controversies. And I think that gives a whole new weight to the song. Being idols, Big Bang can’t release music that would outright address what they went through (though most of us really want them to). The lyrics to this song are heartbreaking and my guess as that it’s a message to their fans more than anything. “You know me. My past image will disappear with passing time. I need you… baby, I’m not a monster.”

    I know this is getting long, but the music video does have some semblance of a storyline. They seem like they’re trapped in some sort of military bunker being tested on and eventually bombed at. They escape and see the city lying across the wide expanse. I’ve heard theories about which monsters each Big Bang boy represents and what the time in the compound represents versus when they escape and see the city lying so far away… I don’t know. I guess it’s on each listener and fan to decide what they believe. And I guess that’s the beauty of it. It leaves you saying, “I need to watch that again.”

    And as an aside, I laughed more at TOP in his hat and turtleneck looking like Carmen SanDiego than I did at Taeyang’s hair. I thought he looked like some ram before I read that it was a reference to Dracula, which makes sense. My favorites were definitely Daesung and Seungri. I actually liked Seungri’s parts of the song more than I did Tae and Dae’s.

    And there I go with another essay.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513439726 Sharon Overlord

      U said a lot of things I wanted to say, but let me add to it. 

      In the beginning, I thought this song was about a girl and how she didn’t love him anymore. Looking at the lyrics, their actually talking about VIPs. How many of them said that they would never leave them, but when tomorrow came, they left them and looked at them as if they were monsters. 

      Suddenly, the whole MV made sense. If u look at it closer, the boys have two costumes on. One costume represents their real selves and their running from an enemy that’s attacking them. Another is their monster selves, that fans see them, and how the public views them. 

      There is a lot more going on in this MV, and it;s not as random as you think it is.

      • Svsunk21

        I noticed that too~
        I felt like they were trying to emulate different ‘monsters’. Like TOP was Dracula and Taeyang was a Minotaur…that’s just how I saw it (:

    • PrincelyLuna

      essay or not .. i love reading it!

      ‘I think some people get too hung up on the crazy aesthetics of it – ‘why
      is Taeyang’s hair like that?! Why is Daesung naked? Why is GD
      wearing… that?”

      yup … i find it really annoying with these kind of people. it’s a music video not some movie about real-life situation. some are being overly critical about the whole thing. everyone has his own interpretation of the song and music video, these people should just stop rebuking every one of these interpretations and stop shoving their own i’m-not-impressed-at-all opinion down everyone elses throat. just like someone said here that what the boys are wearing is just costuming and the fact that people are confused about the music video and therefore come up with various different interpretations of it show that the music video has not been executed poorly like some people claimed.

      reading all the various interpretations is really fun and i find it amazing that some people  notice the smallest detail in the music video. it also helps people like me (who lack creativity) to understand it.

      • Mintmint

        I want to say first of all that I respect your opinion so please don’t be offended.

        “some are being overly critical about the whole thing. everyone has his own interpretation of the song and music video, these people should just stop rebuking every one of these interpretations and stop shoving their own i’m-not-impressed-at-all opinion down everyone elses throat.”

        I want to ask why do you think being critical is a bad thing? Some fans like to be very critical about works of art (including music videos/songs) and some just like to lightheartedly enjoy it and interpret it as they please. What other people say, even if they don’t like what you like, shouldn’t bother you that much right? If I said I hated cheesecake, but you loved it, then that shouldn’t offend you. If I even went further and explained WHY I hated it, like it has too much cream or something, then it still shouldn’t offend you right? I mean, so what if someone else wasn’t impressed at all? I wouldn’t care too much if you really loved the MV, that’s completely your choice and that’s totally cool.

        It’s unfair of you to say that “I can interpret it as I want to” and yet tell other people that they can’t be critical or that they’re being annoying or “shoving their own opinions down everyone else’s throat”. SB welcomes healthy discussion, which IMO is the reason why it’s a website that usually stands above other Kpop sites who like to avoid the sticky stuff. Telling other people to shut up and not be critical at all because you want to enjoy your interpretations in peace, just suppresses interesting discussion, encourages the blindfolded ignorance that a lot of Kpop fans have, and destroys the purpose of this site.

        As far as I see on this article’s comments, no one is attacking other people ruthlessly. Discussion and conversation has been pretty civil so far. Unfortunately in Kpop a lot of fans get defensive when it comes to their biases so hurt feelings are hard to avoid. I wish it wasn’t this way though since all we’re doing is just talking about the good/bad points of the MV – which I want to point out is what music critics do all the time.

        • PrincelyLuna

          hmm … did i say being critical is a bad thing or tell anyone to shut up and not criticize? the word i used is ‘overly’ critical … like there is a need to rebuke every single comment that does not agree with one’s view or interpretation.

          • Mintmint

            I don’t see anyone trying to “rebuke” every comment for the sake of annoying others. If you’re talking about me, I’ll tell you right now that it’s not my intention to change anyone’s opinions. Lol. I’m just curious about delving into discussion further by posing a counterargument (a devil’s advocate), but a lot of people take that as a personal attack.

            Personally I enjoy talking about what works and what doesn’t work for an MV. If you don’t agree with someone, you discuss to discover each other’s point of views. It wouldn’t matter if it was Big Bang or some other Kpop group who released the MV, I would still treat all groups equally in terms of criticism. ^^

  • pataridze

    I really liked the quality of MV – special effects were just great (I especially loved the beginning and that moment in slow motion). As for the costumes (i don’t what how else to call all that stuff that they wore) and hair… well they didn’t look too good and I had some wtf moments with their style, but on the other hand they are supposed to be monsters they ARE meant to look weird. So I have no problems with that I even like that they try to experiment with their look. 

    As for the song. I find it interesting that for a LONG time people complained that Big Bang don’t produce songs like Haru Haru or Lies anymore but chose to make and promote songs like tonight or fantastic baby. Well Monster brigs back their old style back. So I am looking forward to how much people will like this song. 
    I personally love this song. Last song that I liked as much as Monster was Cafe and Bad Boy close behind.

  • http://twitter.com/soy_misto gg

    Um. This article doesn’t even touch on the plot of the MV all.

    Towards the beginning of the video, we can see Ri/Dae/YB through a security camera, and in the bottom left corner you can see the words ‘Project Monster’. So Project Monster is the institution that’s holding them captive in that military facility. Anyone’s guess how long they’ve been there, but it’s long enough that they’ve been experimented on a lot. They’ve been given monstrous features, and maybe even powers/abilities. (They don’t use any, so probably not? Then again, I don’t think PM just messed around with them to make them look like monsters. Think Wolverine from X-Men.) When the video starts, it looks like the facility is being attacked from above (bombs, bullets). Two possibilities. The experiments/subjects tried to escape and PM itself is doing the attacking. Or PM is being attacked by an outside unknown, and under the confusion and mayhem, the subjects escaped. Okay, so now the subjects. Obviously at this point of the captivity/experiment, they’re all human-monster hybrids, but they can switch forms (at will?). There seem to be 3 “stages” or “levels”. Human, half human/half monster, full monster. (For example, GD’s human form is white-haired GD. His half-half form is the red-haired one-horned GD. The full monster form is the wild red haired and yellow eyed GD.) When the facility is destroyed, only GD survives and emerges into the outside world, finally free (although still broken/messed up; “I think…I’m sick, I think I’m sick”). (The fact that he’s the lone survivor and that he goes off on his own is probably symbolic of GD’s upcoming solo activities
    this August.) And he wasn’t in “snowy mountains,” Seoulbeats. Obviously a length of time had passed. There’s even a city in the distance that was completely covered by the snow, like there had been some apocalyptic weather disaster. Who knows how long GD remained trapped (possibly unconscious) before he got out. Days, weeks, months, years? Presumably his monster-half kept him alive whereas a normal human would’ve starved.

    The deeper significance of (that I, as a fan, took away from) the song has to do with Big Bang and the media/public. The media/public made Big Bang out to be monsters. GD a ‘drug addict’ and Daesung a ‘murderer’. In the song, they are vulnerable and pleading. The whole world it seems is judging them, turning their backs on them, but there’s that ONE person in their lives whom they need to believe in them. Could be a family member, a friend, maybe even a girlfriend. (GD hinted in “Healing Camp” that he was in a relationship prior to his scandal, and that they broke it off during the scandal; it’s a possibility that she left
    him because of the scandal.) If that one person or group of persons (for once, I don’t think they’re talking about fans, but about those people closest to them in their private lives) were to judge or abandon them like everyone else did, they would break. (Dae admitted to thinking about committing suicide. But he received strength from the other members, his family, his church and God.)

    Two very interesting parts are GD and TOP as giants. We see Giant GD (in full-monster form) at the very beginning, restrained by wires in a boxed room that is too big too contain him. He tries to straighten, but he’s too confined. This could represent how GD (a “giant” of the music industry) feels tied down by the media/public (the wires), by their expectations and by the limitations placed on his artistic freedom. Project Monster is also the media/public, because they are the ones who portrayed him as the full-fledged monster we see crouched down in that too-small room. Then there’s Giant TOP. Like GD, Giant TOP is in full-monster form. His face is split in two halves. An inky black half, and a normal half. At his feet, small and blink-and-you-miss-it, there’s a woman in white. TOP looks down sadly at her. He wants to be with her, but being such a big celebrity/idol (a giant) he can’t be with her in a normal relationship. And even if he could, he’d feel incapable of showing her his true self (b/c of the split face). (Another significance of that duality could have to do with his
    struggle to balance being an artist AND an actor. He also struggles with showing his true personality on stage; that is, he insists on being a completely different person on stage than he is off-stage. He mentioned in an interview that he stresses about that a lot.)

    Another interesting point of the MV is that as humans, they don’t speak/sing. It’s only their half-half or full-monster forms that speak. This to me suggests that their human forms are so broken and weakened that they’ve lost their ability or will to speak. If you notice, their human forms always look very lost, powerless and vulnerable, whereas in their other forms
    they have more strength despite their sinister appearance. During the scandals, GD and Dae (like their humans forms in the MV) were broken, vulnerable and powerless; they had no ‘voice’. They went into hiding and couldn’t speak for themselves the whole time they were in hiatus. When they came together as Big Bang and made a comeback, even though many people were still against them (the “monsters”), GD and Dae were finally able to communicate (to have a voice) with the media/public/fans through interviews and appearances in several programs and, of course, through their new music.

    This is what I took away from it anyway…

    • http://www.michelle-chin.com/ Michelle Chin

      This is a very good interpretation of the MV! At first, I find the MV confusing too but I think you really have to look into the details. :D I also had the same sentiments that Big Bang were trying to convey this message to the audience. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ORSXPERTNAEPCKZBGEZMP7A3NU Bianca

      This is what it means when you say you “love Big Bang to death”. Props gg. And really, thank you for taking the time to explain it to the people who couldn’t get past Taeyang’s hair.

      I think I love YOU to death. LOL.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ORSXPERTNAEPCKZBGEZMP7A3NU Bianca

      This is what it means when you say you “love Big Bang to death”. Props gg. And really, thank you for taking the time to explain it to the people who couldn’t get past Taeyang’s hair.

      I think I love YOU to death. LOL.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ORSXPERTNAEPCKZBGEZMP7A3NU Bianca

      This is what it means when you say you “love Big Bang to death”. Props gg. And really, thank you for taking the time to explain it to the people who couldn’t get past Taeyang’s hair.

      I think I love YOU to death. LOL.

    • severely

      (GD hinted in “Healing Camp” that he was in a relationship prior to his
      scandal, and that they broke it off during the scandal; it’s a
      possibility that she left him because of the scandal.)

      What about the Healing Camp episode implied that to you?

    • Sadia

      One of the best Interpretation of the song… and closer to mine! Even though I am a year late…still THANK YOU!

  • http://twitter.com/mizkrazykool jean&others :]

    huh.. didn’t read all the way through and stop in the middle part because I was waiting for the in-depth analysis of the song, the lyrics and how they incorporated it in the music video.. but I all I read was complain about their ridiculous outfits and hairs when we all know that Big Bang, sometimes, if not most of the times, makes bad fashion choices…

    I was hoping for an explanation of this and that included in the music video like the others I’ve read in here.. but no.. oh wells..

    • Mintmint

      The article was fine. To be honest a lot of these “explanations” made by unofficial VIPs both on here and on various fansites, are stretching it VERY far, no offense intended.

      Reviews are meant to critique the execution of MVs – if a group did well or not in terms of carrying out a concept – NOT to give you a SparkNotes analysis of what it means. The very fact that a lot of people are confused – or have millions of different and varying theories of what Big Bang was trying to do – goes to show that it was executed poorly. You can still be “artistic” and show a deep meaning in an MV while being clear and concise for your audience to understand.

      BTW, just because they make bad fashion choices doesn’t mean it should be excused. If it looks ridiculous, then someone should have the balls to call them out on it instead of saying, “Oh gee, they do it all the time anyway so what does it matter?” If I wanted that then I could go to a VIP fansite for those types of comments.

      • Issydv

        I’ll be honest too, some of the interpretations from some of our, shall we say, more “imaginative” commentators (here and elsewhere) are so outlandish I can’t help but giggle when I read them.

        • Mintmint

          Glad I’m not the only one!

      • ilovessantokki

        I think the music video storyline was very concise. Like someone else stated on here, it’s pretty simple. They’re monsters at some sort of prison being held captive and they’re trying to escape. The reason “unofficial VIPs” have a million different ideas about what the MV was about is because of the song itself. A song like Monster which, no doubt, is NOT entriely about being in love with a girl, imbues the video with deeper meaning. That’s why VIPs are looking so hard into it.

        I think Big Bang should be given some credit for being able to express something deeper in their MVs than a straight sad storyline. They did that already with Haru Haru.

        And I guess the whole ridiculous fashion thing is all subjective. I didn’t have a problem with it, but other people can’t seem to wrap their heads around it.

        • JayDK

          Maybe part of the issue wrt the fashion is that the main intent in the MV is not to make BB look attractive, as is the case 99% of the time with fashion, but to make them look bizarre and outre, deliberately striking an uncomfortable, off-putting note.  I’d say it’s more costuming than fashion, really.  When I first saw the teaser MV with GD’s mushroom hair, I definitely cringed; but in the context of the MV, it works for me. 

        • Mintmint

          Well I have to disagree with you there because the lyrics of Monster are pretty straightforward to me. A girl has fallen out of love with you and now she sees you as a “monster” and someone she doesn’t want to trust anymore. 

          I guess some people like the fashion. But it was pretty ridiculous to me. They could have stuck with one outfit per member and it would have been fine. So many costume changes reminds me of Lady Gaga. And realistically, if you were escaping from a high-tech prison, you wouldn’t have the time to change into glittery clothes in between anyway. The storyline’s THEME was obvious but it wasn’t executed properly and that’s why people are confused. A good half of the MV was fanservice-y “face shots” of the members just standing in the middle of the field singing or dancing. That’s not a storyline to me, it’s singing in a box SM-style. To an extent, Blue and Bad Boy is more of a “moving storyline” that Monster should have been.

          I’ll give Big Bang credit when they express deeper meanings in their MVs and actually pull it off correctly. I don’t give them points for “just trying.” But again that’s only my opinion and you are of course free to think otherwise.

          • ilovessantokki

            Alright, I see where you’re coming from. I guess I don’t really have a problem with the ‘face-shots’ and the ‘glittery fashion changes’ since I didn’t feel like it detracted from the MV at all. It was creative and painted fascinating imagery, which was probably the point. But judging from comments, other people have taken the MV to be heavy-handed with symbolism that just didn’t work. For some people it missed the mark, for others like myself, it was extremely well done and a breath of fresh air.

            I thought they pulled this off seamlessly, but everyone has their own opinions. ^^

          • Mintmint

            Thanks for sharing your opinion, I’m sure a lot of fans enjoyed it as well :) Overall I think the repackaged album is pretty solid.

          • ilovessantokki

            Haha, no problem. Thank you for sharing yours. (: And I thought so too. I felt iffy about it at first since I’m a little wary about companies ‘repackaging’ albums, but Still Alive and Ego have easily made their way up on my list of favorite Big Bang songs. ^^

      • JayDK

        I don’t think it necessarily follows that because viewers have different interpretations of the MV, that it was therefore poorly executed.  This video seems fairly abstract to me and open to various reactions and ideas, not one that has a definite story to tell.

    • ggoma

       The lyrics, are frankly, beautiful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/taraterrrific Tara Carroway

    I don’t really get everyone’s confusion with the Monster mv? they were monsters. that is why they looked like that and that’s why they were held captive in a prison ON a mountain top. the whole video is of them trying to escape and being attacked. its basically them being treated as monsters because of how they look, they are different. its a very sad mv with a very simple and obvious plot. I don’t see how you can say “Love Song” had a better mv when they were walking in a middle of a junk yard singing about how they “hate this love song”? now that was a wtf mv. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513439726 Sharon Overlord

      I laughed so hard on this. This is true. 

    • http://twitter.com/sue3333333 sue smith

      Ikr and too add on to the love mv a car randomly fellout of nowhere from the sky, now that was a more of a wtf than the whole monster mv.

    • Mintmint

      Love Song DID have a better MV, IMO. Saying that they were only “walking in a middle of a junk yard singing about how they ‘hate this love song'” is drastically simplifying the meaning of the song. I guess you missed it?

      People are not confused about the theme of the Big Bang members being monsters. Anyone with a brain could see that concept. What makes people confused is the flood of bells and whistles that detracted the deeper meaning from the MV. It’s unnecessary and distracting.

      A better MV that explains a meaning of “its basically them being treated as monsters because of how they look, they are different” is Sunny Hill’s Pray. Now THAT is executed correctly.

      • http://twitter.com/sue3333333 sue smith

         What bells and whistles?

        • Mintmint

          Too many costume changes, crazy styling, flashy special effects, etc. Like I said, unnecessary and distracting. If you want to get to the root of the lyrics – being a monster to a girl who once loved you – you don’t need that stuff to get your point across.

          • http://twitter.com/sue3333333 sue smith

            “Too many costume changes”

            They only changed costumes one time and I don’t even think Seungri changed his.

            Crazy styles are nothing new and since the concept is monster is doesn’t seem out of place (or atleast to me it doesn’t)

            Same about special effects that’s also nothing new, like with the random car falling in love song for example.

            Anyway I’ll just stop here I’m just going to agree to disagree or else we’re just going to be running around in circles. We clearly have different opinions and in the end of the day it’s just a music video. nothing to make a big deal about

          • http://twitter.com/sue3333333 sue smith

            “Too many costume changes”

            They only changed costumes one time and I don’t even think Seungri changed his.

            Crazy styles are nothing new and since the concept is monster is doesn’t seem out of place (or atleast to me it doesn’t)

            Same about special effects that’s also nothing new, like with the random car falling in love song for example.

            Anyway I’ll just stop here I’m just going to agree to disagree or else we’re just going to be running around in circles. We clearly have different opinions and in the end of the day it’s just a music video. nothing to make a big deal about

          • http://twitter.com/sue3333333 sue smith

            “Too many costume changes”

            They only changed costumes one time and I don’t even think Seungri changed his.

            Crazy styles are nothing new and since the concept is monster is doesn’t seem out of place (or atleast to me it doesn’t)

            Same about special effects that’s also nothing new, like with the random car falling in love song for example.

            Anyway I’ll just stop here I’m just going to agree to disagree or else we’re just going to be running around in circles. We clearly have different opinions and in the end of the day it’s just a music video. nothing to make a big deal about

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002730860365 Netty Chong

            It’s called personal preference. While you might enjoy the simple and plain concept MV like Love song, which I also like a lot. However, there are many people whoalso  like to take a deeper look and think harder to get the whole concept. Something that will hold you on to for days and Monster did it totally amazing.

            What gg said is plain awesome.  How on Earth would you expect them wear one or two costumes if the massage they’re trying to tell us is at least they are doing 3 step monster tranformation ? 

            And I strongly believe that the 5 monster of them were based on thier own zodiac siign which would make more sense to me.

            Taeyang / Daesung : Taurus
            GD : Leo
            TOP : Scorpio
            Seungri : Sagittarius

            Bingo !!

  • Ditu3ka

    I totally agree with the last sentence and I don´t say it´s bad or anything like that, it just shows they already stand on different platform than most of other idol groups which is something I congratulate them for. I personally didn´t enjoy the MV much and the song won´t be my favorite, I also prefer simple BB over visual shock BB :-))

  • Zainlovesmusic

    I liked the song and mv initially but after watching it and listening to it a 100 more times I love both. Song a little more though. The fashion did not bother me at all actually and I loved the contacts. Song is supposed to sound a little like haru haru and I can see the similarities. The piano and top and gd exchanging rap lines. But this song had to grow on me. Now I love the piano and the orchestra at the end. And seungri and dae sound gorgeous w/ tae joining in at the end. It’s a simple song but I’m loving it. However the song that made it into my all time favorite songs of bb is still alive. Now that song really talks about their scandals not directly but it’s obvious. No mention of a girl at all. No metaphor. Also I already loved the j-version of ego so the k-version sounded odd at first but it’s still one of their best songs. Bingle Bingle is ok but very fun and feeling is sooooo good. I love the melody with dae singing the chorus. Dae is getting a lot more parts recently now he just needs a solo album. Seungri may not have as much parts but all his parts stand out especially in ego. TOP continues to remain my ultimate bias and GD continues to impress me. Overall I’m very happy with this repackage.

  • JayDK

    Thanks for the review.  For me, the epic quality of the MV is quite fascinating; I love that it transports you to another world so thoroughly.  I like the video takes the concept of being a “monster” in the eyes of the person you love and makes it literal and larger-than-life, externalizing the most deeply felt insecurities and fears into a world where you’re the monster, lost, running, constantly under attack and attacking in return.  I don’t think the video is really telling a specific story, but simply expressing that mental and emotional state on a huge, blockbuster scale, which included the way the BB members never interact with each other, because they’re each an expression of being the “monster.”  The end was particularly wrenching, with GD the monster, whose external aspect was the most childlike of the group, escaping from the bunker only to find himself in a cold, abandoned world, still struggling to survive and still alone.

    I also thought this video was an interesting contrast to Fantastic Baby, in which BB were also styled in an extreme and on the edge of bizarre way, but in that video, that style was empowering — they brought color, music, dance, rebellion to a neutral, sterilized world and were celebrated by the masses for it.  Here, the world is overpowering them, attacking and abandoning them as monsters, as outsiders, with no place to go.  It’s an intriguing expression of the space BB finds themselves in, where their unique qualities have led to them being celebrated as huge stars, but if they fail, they’re just as easily vilified — and they’ve experienced both.  I think it’s awesome that BB is willing to express that kind of vulnerability through their music, and that they’re even more willing now to push boundaries into new territory.  There’s kind of a “well, even if you hate us, we’re going to go where we want” quality about their work now that I really like, and this MV expresses that very well.

    • Mintmint

      “The end was particularly wrenching, with GD the monster, whose external aspect was the most childlike of the group, escaping from the bunker only to find himself in a cold, abandoned world, still struggling to survive and still alone.”

      Did you really get that “abandoned, struggling and alone” feeling from the MV though? For a lot of reasons I didn’t get any emotive scenes from Big Bang here. IMO I think the mental and emotional states you talk about was missed in this MV. An action blockbuster doesn’t speak of strong feelings and is a poor choice in the beginning for an emotional music video. That’s like saying Michael Bay’s Transformers are great for dramatic love plots.

      • whatasky

        I guess there are not a few that feel the same as Jay DK, including me. You can keep your own point of view, but don’t look at others doubtfully. You are talking like others are telling lies.

      • kruhgisthtkrubaiogbeu

        Lol, it seems like you’re going around replying to everyone who likes the MV. It’s fine if you don’t feel anything from it or even hate it but tbh you look like you’re trying to convince them to not like it. Just because you felt that “there were no emotive scenes” doesn’t mean all the other people should feel that way too. You have your opinions and others have theirs. Your opinion is not fact so stop going around like it is.

        • Mintmint

          I’m not going around like my opinion is fact. I said “IMO” which means “in my opinion.” Seriously dude, what’s the problem here?

          My comment did not come across as overly pushy or like I’m trying to convince people of anything. I’m not stupid enough to believe that my beliefs will miraculously change anyone else’s. I was just genuinely curious about what he said, and so I offered a counterargument of mine so that we can discuss about it. If you’re offended just ignore it. I never said that everyone in the whole wide world should think and feel like I do.

          And @whatasky:disqus I’m not treating other people like they are telling lies. You are putting words into my mouth. The point of logical discussion is to look at things skeptically, critically and analytically – not just accept things as is.

          BTW, other people around here can post on comments saying that they love the MV, but someone else can’t say they disagree? What’s the point of discussing on SB then? People obviously disagreed with the AUTHOR of the article but no one is stopping them from commenting. What gives them the privilege to say that they love the MV and yet I can’t say I don’t like it?

          • whatasky

            I’m sorry. I admit I replied to your comment in an immature manner. When I read your comment, it seemed to me you think JayDK’s opinion as something unacceptable or unreasonable, not one of possible reactions. Maybe I could have misunderstood you,  as you guess, English is not my native language. Anyway I should have tried more to explain myself. Sorry, again.

        • Svsunk21

          “lol, it seems like you’re going around replying to everyone who likes the MV. It’s fine if you don’t feel anything from it or even hate it but tbh you look like you’re trying to convince people not to like it”
          Indeed!

      • JayDK

        I did get that abandoned, desperate feeling from the MV, particularly the end, when GD made it out of the bunker only to find an empty, cold world waiting as the ending refrain of “I think I’m sick, I think I’m sick” echoed.  The video is sweeping and theatrical, but it’s all in service of expressing intense emotion, and it works for me.

        • Mintmint

          I agree that the “I think I’m sick” ending of the song was quite brilliant. I just wish they took out those few seconds at the very end where you can hear the monster growling as it’s running in the distance toward the snowy city – it kind of takes away the lonely feeling, at least to me. If they ended at where GD was wandering through the snow, that would have been really cool. But that’s just me nitpicking, and I’m glad that it worked for you as is. :D

          Thanks for being polite though. That’s more than what I can say for those who replied to me in your comment. ^^

          • JayDK

            I liked those last few seconds, because it brought the MV back full circle to the beginning — after everything, the monster is still alone, still lost, and you are (once again) the monster.  But I think it would have also worked to end on GD in the cold too.

            In terms of the song itself, I think the ending refrain of “I think I’m sick” is just so crushing and I agree, brilliant.  It’s like the song doesn’t give the listener a reprieve at all.  Monster isn’t my favorite song on the album (that would be Still Alive, which I am *dying* to see BB perform) but Monster has really grown on me the more I listen to it.

          • Mintmint

            I’m actually looking forward to seeing the Monster performance put up on YouTube someday (or if I can get tickets to a concert – and if they actually perform it for us). It’ll be really interesting to see how they transfer that monster concept to the live stage ^^

      • ggoma

        They are in a building that is being destroyed, outcast from the world, yeah…. I felt that it was definitely “abandoned” for me.

  • http://twitter.com/littlegirlgray6 Rosa

     The MV came off really heavy-handed and all over the place, sorta of like Ivy’s “Torn Heart”. Like symbolism was practically ramming us in the face, I like my symbolism to be subtle, not so in-yo-face, and I couldn’t contain my laughter at their appearance. Call me immature or whatever (eyeroll), but you can easily pull off looking monsters without looking like you surfed through a lost and found. It just seems like Big Bang is trying way too hard to come across as this deep and thought-provoking group, but it’s just became a mess. YG, take note of Sunny Hill and BEG, they know how to get powerful messages across in a subtle and intriguing ways.

    • Mintmint

      This comment explained it perfectly!

    • sabcan

      I don’t see how any group that turns around and makes fun of themselves and their costumes is trying too hard. What does that even mean? Nobody, least of all bigbang, has claimed the mv has any substance. It is what it is and it is what you make of it. If you didn’t like it, that’s fine but I personally prefer the anstractness of it all. I strongly dislike cheesy kpop story mvs and I was really scared we’d end up with something like sunny hill’s pray, which I think is their worst mv simply because it is so literal and hamfisted.

      I enjoyed the cinematography and most of the outfits. Taeyang’s was a huge WTF but everyone else looked great without looking literally like monsters.

      It amuses me that bigbang gets called out for being try hards because they’re occasionally theatrical when everyone else is “original” or pushing the boundaries of kpop for being theatrical and more.

      Bigbang is not the second coming of Christ or the most original thing since the wheel but they’re not doing “death by potted plant” mvs any more and I’m very thankful for that. They occasionally look bizarre but it comes naturally to them and they look like they have fun doing it. Even when I dislike an mv, I appreciate that about them.

      • http://twitter.com/littlegirlgray6 Rosa

        My reference to trying too hard was directed at the Monster MV. We all know about the hardships they faced last year, but at least make the MV be intriguing and the symbolism subtle. Sunny Hill’s “Pray” had the similiar message of being unloved by society but it was executed very well.

        • sabcan

          But did anyone say they were trying to reference their troubles last year in the mv? that’s what you’re reading into it. The mv fits the lyrics well imo but anything beyond that is conjecture.

          And I guess we’ll have to disagree about pray. I don’t think walking around in a melted mask or cosplaying the hunchback of notre dame is particularly subtle or symbolic.

    • Svsunk21

      I didn’t really feel like they were trying too hard…maybe i’m just being biased lol but care to explain? Also I don’t really agree about BEG being more subtle ith their symbols. I’m talking about 6th sense here, but, I felt their message was very obvious with the marching, the cameras, the chains, everything. I on’t think it was that subtle. Just my opinion, but feel free to explain why you saw it as subtle. (:

      • http://twitter.com/fah2ma Fatouma

         I suggest you watch their MV for “Cleansing Cream” and a lot of the other videos like “Sign” (Ignore the one Abracadabra lol) I think Simon from EYK said it best that why MVs by groups like BEG and Sunny Hill work is because they follow a coherent storyline with accompanying symbolism and do not use symbolism for the sake of symbolism. It draws the message across much more clearly and doesn’t come off so heavy-handed.

        • Svsunk21

          Ohh okay cool. I haven’t really seen a lot of BEG mvs so I didn’t really know >.<" thank you for explaining it to me :)
          I checked out the Cleansing Cream MV an I totally understand now
          I liked both videos honestly but I have to agree in that Big Bang's lacked consistency

  • ShineeWorld52911

    Da fuq did I just watch?

  • LikeXClockwork

    I couldn’t get into this song at all, i watched and re-watched like with a few songs where it takes a few listens for me to like it but it just isn’t happening.

  • http://twitter.com/sue3333333 sue smith

    “What happened to
    Taeyang’s hair?”
    “Why did his hairstyle look like a cross between a bunny
    and a Japanese anime girl?”

    Here are my two assumptions about his hairstyle:
    1. It’s suppose resemble bull horns, and correct me if i’m wrong but I believe his sign is Taurus and for that zodiac sign their animal is a bull.

    2. It’s suppose look like some kind Dracula hair here is an example of what I mean: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/0/00/CountDracula6.jpg/240px-CountDracula6.jpg and the concept is monster which makes sense.

    “Why was TOP wearing a hat and a turtleneck?”

    Covering up his monster like appearance maybe? I thought his outfit looked similar to the creeper from jeepers creepers that he wears to kind of cover up his monster appearance when he is outdoors finding new victims and such.

    “How did the members go from military compound to snowy mountains in a
    matter of seconds? 

    The military compound was probably located in some far away mountain like area, if you see from the start the sky is grey/white that’s usually means it about to snow or rain soon right? Later in the mv you can sort of see white dots falling down which might have meant it had started snowing which would explain why when GD came out of the demolished building he was in a snowy mountain scenery like place.

    “What was up with the glowing eyes?”
    Werewolves eyes in the movies usually glow right? And werewolves are monsters, I think that would explain the glowing eyes.

    I may be the minority but I honestly did not find the music video outrageous or odd or anything like a lot of people seem to have. I thought it was quite toned down because when I think of monsters I think of stuff thats super crazy and gory and violent and etc I would give a picture example but it might be to mature to post XD Anyway I thought the slight strangeness like Taeyang hair that everyone seems like “love” fit the monster concept pretty well since you know monsters aren’t normal or regular looking and stuff. The music video was sort of abnormal but not in a loud, insane, in your face kind of way, but in a more calm, mild, smooth kind of way.

    • Mintmint

      “It’s suppose resemble bull horns, and correct me if i’m wrong but I believe his sign is Taurus and for that zodiac sign their animal is a bull.”

      But honestly, what does being a Taurus have to do with being a monster? Taeyang’s zodiac sign is hardly relevant to the MV concept. Also, Koreans/Asians in general aren’t familiar with astrology like people are here. A lot of people will make that assumption about Taeyang’s “Taurus hair” without acknowledging that Koreans don’t care about Western astrology. So that assumption is made by international fans who fail to notice the lack of connection it has to Korean culture.

      Also, Taeyang himself called his hair “Mickey Mouse hair.”

      • Zainlovesmusic

        That’s only bc fans were calling it that. It isn’t really Micky mouse hair. If its not a Taurus then it’s the second explanation. Who knows. I don’t care really bc the fashion didn’t bother me.

      • http://twitter.com/sue3333333 sue smith

        Well I didn’t even know that Asians aren’t too familiar with astrology, hence why I said my assumptions not my facts. Although just because most Asians aren’t familiar with astrology doesn’t mean that some Asians out there are not completely unaware. 

        And the micky mouse thing was a joke because people were saying his hair resembled micky mouse’s ear, thought that was obvious.

        • Mintmint

          Sorry, my point about the Mickey Mouse hair wasn’t clear so that’s on me. I just mentioned that to emphasize how it’s kind of a ridiculous hairstyle that shouldn’t have been chosen in the first place.

          I’m not attacking your knowledge of astrology’s connection with Asians – it’s fine if you make that assumption since we’re just discussing here. I’m just pointing out why it’s not a logical explanation of the costume/hair choice. I hope I didn’t come across as offensive.

          • http://twitter.com/littlegirlgray6 Rosa

            It’s best to say that they aren’t familiar with the Western Zodiac, where Taurus is from, but they are with the Eastern Zodiac. I don’t get how the Taurus is a monster tho or a bull…Maybe he’s a centaur?

      • Svsunk21

        Bull = Minotaur? Personally when I saw the hair and the necklace that’s what I immediately thought of. Likewise I associated TOP w/a vampire, GD’s horn obviously implies some sort of monster, Daesung kind of reminded me of Edward Scissorhands, and I had no clue about Seungri. But hey I spent a year analyzing symbols and such xD

        • Mintmint

          The other ones I can kinda see what they’re trying to do, even though personally I think there are better ways to do it. Don’t know about TOP being a vampire though, even though he would definitely be a sexy one. ^^ Some people say they saw fangs but maybe… his teeth are just crooked? Lol :P A vampire concept would be a bit cliche IMO since it’s used so much in pop culture now with Twilight’s influence.

  • Mintmint

    I really hated this video. There. It pains me to say that because Big Bang is my favorite Kpop group.

    This MV carried out the “Fantastic Baby” syndrome that caused some controversy a few months back as to what Big Bang really meant in their music video. Fact: if an MV is executed correctly, you won’t have too much trouble trying to find out what it means, even if it uses many symbols to get its point across (like Sunny Hill’s Pray). Examples: Rihanna’s S&M was clearly about her relationship with the media and how she finds it strange and abusive. Beyonce’s Run The World and BEG’s Sixth Sense was clearly about female empowerment. Michael Jackson’s Scream was clearly about telling the media to “leave him alone” and how it makes him “scream” out of frustration. Even Big Bang has accomplished this in one of their MVs (and IMHO their only one) – Love Song. Simple, unconventional/artistic in terms of Kpop and even regular pop, and yet the meaning was very obvious. The burned and trashed wreckage symbolized a broken/lost love. Wandering in the desert, looking clearly directionless, symbolized their state of mind after a loved one has died. Monster accomplished nothing in terms of conveying a central meaning and was overly gimmicky.

    Yes, there is intrigue in wanting to watch the MV again because you don’t get it the first time, but when you have watched it literally dozens of times like I have, and have gotten nowhere in understanding it, then Big Bang, you have a problem. I’m sorry to use gg’s MV explanation as an example, but honestly the human-monster hybrid concept and GD/TOP as giants feels veryyyyy stretched to me. And if Big Bang was calling out the media/public, then they would have used appropriate examples for it. Like BEG’s use of microphones in Sixth Sense, arranged in the concept of a media circus, or in Rihanna’s S&M where she’s trapped underneath plastic sheets and being watched like a freak by reporters.

    The storyline is messy. Literally every second there is a cut to another shot of a member singing or doing some action pose and the editing doesn’t follow a nice flow. There are WAY too many costumes, locations and events to piece together a fluid concept, the same problem with Fantastic Baby. And Big Bang seems to run into the slo-mo problem that is prevalent among SM artists. Guys, you DON’T look cool when you’re running in slow motion with explosions and debris falling around you, you just look stupid and like you’re trying too hard. Maybe you can release a clip as a teaser or something on the side, but actually putting it into an MV with a serious, emotional concept (about losing the love of a previous significant other) takes away the meaning of the lyrics. Should I even go into how fake GD’s horns look, Daesung’s freaky nose ring, Taeyang’s ugly Mickey Mouse hair/bling bling/football pads or TOP’s horrid cowboy hat? And I wish Taeyang would put on a shirt sometime. Going half-naked in every MV looks unprofessional after a while and screams fanservice. I don’t understand how so many Kpop fangirls put down Lady Gaga (who relies on flamboyancy and crazy costumes for her MVs) or Justin Bieber (whose middle name could be “fanservice”) and yet here the “Kings of Kpop” are doing the exact same thing. Sorry, but VIPs are not immune to hypocritical elitism and being “more sensible than other fandoms” like they love to claim.

    I say these harsh words with disappointment for a group that I really love. The teasers (MV teasers, photo teasers, and clothes teasers) that I followed every single day as they were released, were very promising. GD with red mohawk hair with wild flames flying out behind him? Oh yeah! TOP (minus cowboy hat) standing all cool and smooth with a cape flowing in the wind in the middle of a destructed field? Bring it! Even the “clothes teasers” looked awesome and was a creative way to supplement the photo teasers. I especially loved Taeyang’s leather belt outfit (he looked so spectacular in his teaser I could have cried, seriously! That sad, concentrated face in his video teaser could have been used so well in the MV!), Seungri’s lost and panicked look in his MV teaser, and TOP’s straightjacket. But instead of UTILIZING those concepts (ex: TOP escaping from a jail/experimentation cell in his straightjacket as part of the storyline?), they smashed everything together with barely any relevancy or elaboration on what could have been an AMAZING music video. I could go on and on about the possibilities of what this video COULD have been, or how I expect so much more from Big Bang because I KNOW they have the potential, talent and resources to make it happen, but this comment is getting long enough. I have the utmost faith in their skills, and this belief is so strong that it makes this MV all the more of a depressing letdown. My main point: “YOU’RE NOT DOING THIS RIGHT, BUT I KNOW YOU HAVE IT IN YOU! DAMMIT, SHOW ME AND THE WORLD WHAT YOU’VE GOT!”

    Ever since Alive, they have taken their concepts and blown it wayyy out of proportion until sadly, they are no better than the majority of idols out there using gimmicks and overblown costumes and special effects for MV concepts. Some fangirls even said that the music video was about their relationship with VIPs. I don’t even want to go into how “Oppa, everything you do is for me!” and ridiculous that sounds.

    As a realistic and critical fan, I won’t make excuses nor write ridiculous WTF explanations for their MVs to cover up their obvious lack of direction and quality execution in their work as of late. These lackluster releases only tell me that YG wanted to get his biggest cash cow back into work this year no matter what the cost (of quality) that it requires. Big Bang selling interviews to me trying to convince me that they have “changed” to be a better group doesn’t do much, I’m sorry to say. The proof is in your work, not your words.

    • Zainlovesmusic

      Well in my opinion this was not terrible. I don’t care if they might seem like try hards or whatever bc they at least try. Everything in Kpop this year w/ a few exceptions has been so generic. And Alive the album and this has been some of the best releases this year in my opinion. I’m not just talking about the mvs bc really I don’t watch mvs that much but I do listen to the songs a lot.

      • Mintmint

        Well I was mainly referring to Fantastic Baby’s MV and now this Monster MV. I totally love Blue, Bad Boy, Ego, etc. and I don’t mind that YG is doing repackaging. That’s completely fine and no one is forcing fans to buy the new album.

        “I also don’t care if they appear like try hards bc at least they try.”

        That’s my pet peeve though. Lol. Giving them a star for trying isn’t really an accomplishment at all for Big Bang. If people are going to give them a swanky reputation for being “more than idols” then they should actually live up to it. Having good intentions to be artistic and serious about music has no direct relation to actually producing good results. If you try but you still suck, does that really mean anything? In the real world no one is going to take that excuse. You can say that I tried really hard to get good grades in school, but if I still get Ds and Fs… if a college rejects me then it’s reasonable because I wasn’t good enough.

        • Zainlovesmusic

          Like i said i understood your points and everything but I don’t think this was a mess or terrible or anything. So to me they tried and succeeded. Also to your example at least you tried and failed than just sat around expecting to get good grades and failing. That would piss me off more. Like I would rather see the effort be put into something than just expecting things to go your way or not caring. BB could have released any mv doing nothing in plain clothes and still get views. Big bang/YG obviously do care about their results bc this took money and time to plan out. It just didn’t work for u. That’s fine bc everyone has different tastes.

          • Mintmint

            That’s totally fine if you liked it and I respect your opinion. Thanks for the discussion ^^

          • Zainlovesmusic

            Lol I wouldn’t have bothered to reply if I wasnt so bored. Anyway I’m sad they won’t promote it so I’m hoping they will
            Preform it on tour bc usually I love their performances more. Also seeing bb live would be a dream come true. And it’s fun discussing things but I’m usually a silent reader. But I might comment more now. Who knows?

          • Mintmint

            I’m actually okay with them not promoting it – frankly I’d rather see it live! I just hope I won’t have to pay for tickets through the nose. It’s definitely not the same feeling when you watch performances on YouTube vs. at a live concert, so I’m pretty excited if they come near my city. ^^

        • Zainlovesmusic

          Like i said i understood your points and everything but I don’t think this was a mess or terrible or anything. So to me they tried and succeeded. Also to your example at least you tried and failed than just sat around expecting to get good grades and failing. That would piss me off more. Like I would rather see the effort be put into something than just expecting things to go your way or not caring. BB could have released any mv doing nothing in plain clothes and still get views. Big bang/YG obviously do care about their results bc this took money and time to plan out. It just didn’t work for u. That’s fine bc everyone has different tastes.

        • Zainlovesmusic

          Like i said i understood your points and everything but I don’t think this was a mess or terrible or anything. So to me they tried and succeeded. Also to your example at least you tried and failed than just sat around expecting to get good grades and failing. That would piss me off more. Like I would rather see the effort be put into something than just expecting things to go your way or not caring. BB could have released any mv doing nothing in plain clothes and still get views. Big bang/YG obviously do care about their results bc this took money and time to plan out. It just didn’t work for u. That’s fine bc everyone has different tastes.

    • dodo18

      while i get your point with the music video , but personaly i never stop too much on music video, what matter to me is music , lyrics . and for me monster have both, seung ri nailed this song , taeyang & daesung killed the chorus . maybe i get you don’t like the music video me too i have a lot wtf with their look music video but with bigbang i always try to focus on what is important , their music and what message they try to send. you seem to focus too much on fantastic baby but : blue, bad boy, monster, still alive. those four songs i find them amazing and others song are good. yes love dust is lollipop part 3 , fantasti baby just a catcy song but overall i find alive & still alive quite good albums. after i don’t know what you consider good. and i give them cred to always dare to say what and idol should not say. still alive is cleary what they felt last year. monster i think they triednto show the same thing even if the result is not thet great.
      but lyrics wise and sound wise bigbang wtill give me better than most idols put out there. people are focusing too much on fahion , hairstyle , thie the problem in kpop we should focus on the song itself and less on the visual

      • Mintmint

        I get what you’re trying to say too. Thanks for the reply. ^^ I have to disagree with some of your points though so I hope you don’t mind. :P I wish I didn’t have to say this every time I post a comment but I guess a lot of people here are misinterpreting my words and thinking that I’m attacking Big Bang somehow. Lol XD

        I think Monster is a great song. My criticism is mostly about the music video. Because even though it IS about the music most of the time, MVs are also a crucial part of an artist’s repertoire. And if an artist puts out anything – music videos, songs, movies if they branch into acting, comedy styles through variety shows, etc. – then it should be free for criticism. Just because an artist has a few bad songs/MVs doesn’t mean it should be ignored either or swept under the rug for the sake of protecting his/her reputation.

        But of course, if it really WAS all about the music, then Big Bang can just release songs with little to none videos at all, like say Adele (whose only memorable MVs she’s released probably includes Rolling in the Deep and Chasing Pavements while her other songs have done extremely well despite no MVs made for them). However, in Kpop a lot of it is performance/MV based so I can’t give Big Bang that same excuse because they are marketed as performers, dancers and yes, idols too.

        I totally agree that most of the time, Big Bang pulls out farther ahead than most idols. But this is the rare case that they don’t pull it off at all. And I think it would be good for any music artist out there if their fans push them to produce very good results as often as they can. If I was Big Bang, I would welcome any suggestions and criticisms so I could improve next time.

        “the problem in kpop we should focus on the song itself and less on the visual”

        I totally agree. However that’s not really the reality in Kpop. Aesthetics and appearances are usually very, very important. If they didn’t matter at all, Big Bang would ditch a lot of the dancing training, money spent on stylists and fashionable/expensive clothes, staging & movie directors/crews for performances, etc. and just focus on improving their singing, lyrics and composition in the studio. The fact that they put so much effort into MVs and such proves that it’s important to the Kpop culture and fanbases. So while it’s a nice idea to just ignore visuals, the truth is that it DOES matter for a lot of Kpop idols.

        • dodo18

          lol have you not read vips raging over their look trust me vips are not the style to stay still, remember about tonight how it was mostly vips who were crashing the album, this time the whole micky mouse youngbae even heard from vips on twitter . they clear heard that fans were making fun of them. i just gave my opinion since personaly mv are not so important for me, otherwise i would be into most kpop idols. and fact bigbang more than idol , it’s fans and media who call them like that till now i hear even gd himself always say, we are idols trying to evolve into musician. and with each release i see them getting more & more better. from la la la we have come really far. i think we should try not to put bigbang on pedestral that even themselves they know they don’t deserve. they are still young stilll have things to prove . and yes consider bigbang have two category of fans younger fans who focus on the visual and older fans who focus on the meaning and music . overal i think they try to please everybody. for me bad boy for example is masterpiece but see how much view it have beside fantastci baby. so a fan like me will enjoy bad boy , the one who prefer visual enjoy fanstastic baby. speaking about monster this song i could have enjoyed it even without the mv. the part where seung ri sing the brigde then gd & top rap after come dae & yb chorus just give me gosembumps. i can get mv is important in kpop and so far from what i saw most people enjoyed it but for me no need for an extravagant mv to enjoy a song if it’s good. for me bigbnag are idols who do better than others idols the whole artist thing they still have a long way to go. but gd write more sincere lyrics like for blue & still alive then yes i will start aknowledge them as that

          • Mintmint

            You make a lot of great points, and I totally agree that they’ve come pretty far from their debut. To not improve at all since their first song would be pretty sad. Haha. I do agree that they aren’t at the “artist” level – yet. I fully believe they have the potential for it. But like you said, they have plenty of time. Maybe 5 years before military service, and at least 5-10 more after they come back to hone their talents.

            I’ll always enjoy Monster as a song separately from the MV. I kind of judge the MV by itself and don’t mention the song’s good points all that much, so I get how people can misunderstand and think that I’m hating everything about Big Bang and the Monster song itself. :P Thanks for contributing your insight ^^

    • runningmanfan

      you said everything. and i completely agree with this statement: “they smashed everything together with barely any relevancy or elaboration on what could have been an AMAZING music video”
      i personally think bigbang is way luckier than the rest of group out there, given yg is the company who is probably the most generous when it comes to mv (ever since jinusean era, they’ve been doing that). but this mv is too crowded. i don’t mind crazy style, or crazy setting, or crazy props, or crazy effects, but throwing them in one place is just too much. whoever the director is, he/she is too ambitious in making an “awesome” mv that he/she forget about elaborating the whole elements.

    • ggoma

      Meaning can be layered in and that is powerful in and of itself. Not every MV has to be an open book. I find the layers and hidden metaphors fascinating and they add depth to what could be ridiculous without them.

  • far2go

    This video was odd.  Its over-the-top for no apparent reason and because of this, it seems less creative and lacking in artistry.  I found certain images to be ridiculous.  I think they are taking themselves too seriously as “artist” and therefore, actually lacking substance. It no longer seems genuine or meaningful.

  • destinyanglin

    I totally disagree with the author (well on almost everything but the crazy styles).

    I love the cinematography. It really did not distract from the song, if anything it enhanced certain moments of the song and made you really listen to it. The songs high points were filled with action and the moments where the song gets emotional and almost that last plea, you really feel the music through the imagery and vice versa.

    As for the authors “unanswered questions” most of them were just about costume. The costume fit perfectly with the theme of the song and really helped stress the “Monster” aspect. Also, this IS Big Bang were talking about, the kings of ecclectic wear.

    It’s really great that they took the chance to make the video very artsy and put thought into every aspect of its making (something YG usually does but is a major lack in the overall kpop
    -idol- world)

  • http://twitter.com/LaavaK90 Lava

    I really loved the song, athough it seemed to end a bit abruptly imo, like I was just getting into it and it finished -____- but the mv is just ridiculous, while its fun to look at once, bigbang or yg are just taking themselves way too seriously now X__X

  • idontknoe

    I liked the simplicity of their earlier works or even Tonight and Love Song more.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/R5BKARJWK7NNOXYOIUSP76YJW4 Aj

    Im really scred of this videro.If I have a kid I wont let him watch it,it induces nightmares.
    But I still love you Big Bang,I’l just never watch this MV again. Taeyang’s hair freaked the hell out of me.

  • Jgg55

    This music video was boring as all get out. Everything about it was kind of a snore. Except for Carmen Sandiego making a cameo, that was nice. 

    • https://twitter.com/#!/LimaCake LimaCake

      OMG you did not just say carmen sandiego. LMAO!

    • AGNS02

      dead @ carmen sandiego lol

  • dodo18

    the thing most of bigbang fans we are used to their wtf look in music video that when they do something so crazy nobody is surprised. one thing is for sure vips are there for music if you want to see idols looking perfect , beautiful bigbang is not your group. on this there is a explanation of the music video somewhere , and despite their messy hair , cringeworthy fashion the song is fabulous as the rest of the album

  • Alice

    Taeyang’s hair makes him look like Will Farrell from zoolander

    • ilovessantokki

      Omg, it does hahahah. I’ve also come across Chris Tucker from The Fifth Element references. Hahahah, that one had me dying.

      I think ‘Mickey Mouse hair’ was the tamest of them all. I wonder if he’s come across all the other things people are comparing him too…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Xenia-Petrova/100000801489224 Xenia Petrova

    Too much Sony Vegas and Adobe AE. Still cute. Why to use that hair style a la the Prodigy? Why would any sane person agree to look like that? Even if he represents “Monster”. Music – the same old good Lies or Haru Haru. Still goes to my iPod, but I’m not really sure for how long.

  • runningmanfan

    i will never get used with daesung’s blonde :|

    if there’s any message this mv trying to convey like others trying to explain here, i have to say, i didn’t get it at all. the crazy style is too distracting it’s kinda all over the place. nevertheless, it was nicely shot, yg is really awesome when it comes to hd cameras and special effects. and by effects, it’s not a mere slow-mo… *ahemsmahem*

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2MYVCMGXUOHXNRTOBNWWBG4SXI Alice

    TOP is clearly cosplaying as Kaji Meiko: http://www.cultsirens.com/kaji/meiko-kaji06.jpg

    i can’t be the only one seeing this

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LL4QDJLVFDT2RDIZYBALSE75JE angel29

    I think this is a case where the lyrics and the video really go well together.  I realized it really sucks to be an international fan who doesn’t speak their language because at first, I was only able to enjoy the melody and the visuals.  However, it surprised me how the lyrics goes very well with the story and the visuals.

    The man who is a “monster” (probably an innately bad person outside the context of the title) is left by the woman he loves because she is afraid of what he truly is.  The monster denies his very essence by saying “I am not a monster” (translation “I am not who you think I am or what others say I am”) and by trying to escape from the walls or the confines that define his very essence… in the case of the MV, an assylum for monsters. 

    Anyway, that’s how I see the MV and how I understand the concept. Search YouTube for the videos that provide ENG SUBs.  I hope that it will add to your appreciation reading the lyrics.  If not, the MV is still an eye candy with the boys and their shocking monster versions.

  • happy_slip

    “What happened to Taeyang’s hair?”

    “Why was TOP wearing a hat and a turtleneck?”

    I’d like to think that you threw these questions for slight comic effect, but if you did not, I’d say that your “unanswered” questions do not merit critical answers because the symbolism (from my POV) didn’t lie in their clothes and hairstyles, nor do they account for the whole explanation of the music video’s message. If I’d go in the lines of your impression about the whole thing, I’d simply ask: Did BB have to go that extreme to portray the overall theme of the song? Now that, imo, is a better discussion starter. The next two of your “unanswered” questions do not merit serious treatments either because again the answers would be really simple: a) the seemingly abandoned and destroyed facility obviously is in the middle of a snowy mountainside — or generally is more of an editing flaw, b) the glowing eyes is only but a small part of their aesthetic interpretation of  “Monster” — meaning, if you’re going to try to pick on it alone, you will not get nor appreciate its touch even in the slightest sense. The “eyes” question is almost like a “duh” moment, It’d be weird trying to go all analytical on it lol.

    On to my impression: I honestly found the cryptic numbers/letters a bit too much (or is it like a code of their patient numbers just like in sci-fi movies? lol). Other than that, I think they were able to capture the feel of the song. Monster to me is an extreme word to use, so the extravagance portrayed in the video imo, was done just right. It isn’t out of place nor that jarring to me.

    The song isn’t really my favorite in their repack (that award goes to the full version of Alive), but mad props to it’s top-notch production quality, as with the rest of their releases this year.

    • bethany_SB

      They are for comical effect and I was not really expecting anyone to answer those questions, but I do appreciate your comment and insight!

      • happy_slip

        I see. Taking that into consideration I had the same sentiments about Taeyang’s hair. TOP had a glamorized monster look LOL, why Taeyang didn’t get to have the same treatment disappointed me haha.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/R5BKARJWK7NNOXYOIUSP76YJW4 Aj

          You’re right, TOP still looks hot while Taeyang looks ridiculously scary.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LL4QDJLVFDT2RDIZYBALSE75JE angel29

    Oooh… let us not forget the slow motion part when they were running away from the exploding building… that’s how you use a matrix camera… minimally… but when done right… it becomes significant and memorable… #justsaying

  • Khaddie

    The thing I noticed was that the video made it difficult for me to focus on the song. I was so busy trying to figure out what was going on and by the end of it I couldn’t really remember the song. It’s always better when there is an association between the song and video, so they compliment eachother. A previous comment said that the lyrics of the song fit the video, but as I’m an international fan, I don’t have the luxury of being able to make that association without looking up a subbed video. Instead of complimenting eachother, I felt that the song and the video were competing for attention and the video won.

    Also, I couldn’t have been the only one that though the slow motion bit with TOP looked like that gif that has been floating around when he is running from the BB Running Man Special? I can’t find a link, but that is the only thing that I remembered by the end of the video. That and Taeyang’s hair.

  • crv2

    I hate all of their style except GD and TOP. They force Seungri and Daesung to be bad boy, and make Taeyang look awful, miss old simple Bigbang. But the weird thing is I feel that this MV is made for this song. Monster’s lyric and music is just like someone who is in a rush and always run, so random just like the MV. I hope can see MV with english trans soon because the lyric is awesome.

  • cutiepie88

    Watching that music video once is enough for me. lol :-) but I love the song. Let me say Daesung & Seungri parts were the best IMO.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/M3A5VXTZXZOEH62VXL4FJ7AT7Q Xinran

    Sometimes Big Bang MVs are like one huge fashion show and that can distract viewers from the deeper message that the group would like the video to convey. They can definitely do more with less by having a smaller selection of costumes, hairstyles, sets and special effects that contribute most to the coherence/focus of the story. I get that all the visual elements are supposed to be symbolic in their own way and each bring out a different message, but people often forget that the mode of presentation is an MV that’s only a couple of minutes long. Its unrealistic to present so many different ideas/stories in symbolic ways within one short mv and expect viewers to be able to take it all in.

  • Haibara Christie

    The song itself is so simplistic (then again, it is Kpop) that I needed the crazy and intriguing video to have any interest in the song, so hats off to Big Bang for realizing that. I’m a sucker for special effects/interesting camera work, though actual concept is just strange.  What I’m beginning to realize is that Big Bang is slowly becoming formulaic in their songs, but people don’t notice this because they have a unique sound compared to the others in Kpop. 

    For a while, I have seen people talk about the message that videos like these are trying to convey, and I really think that people are searching in the wrong direction for that message.  I doubt that Big Bang has something that they want to say in that all sorts of symbolic things.  Anyone can say that xyz is symbolic for abc, but does that mean that it really is a meaningful and worthwhile symbol?  I highly doubt that Big Bang is thinking about symbols in a truly artful way–the likelihood of that just doesn’t seem high enough in a world like Kpop….the song doesn’t carry enough meaning to justify such use.  The only video I can really justify the exploration of symbols is in BEG’s “Cleaning Cream” because the SONG is manifested in the music video rather than the music video creating a message of its own.  “Monster” is just a (sad) love song, like 90% of music in the world today. All that Big Bang needs to do is convey the emotion of the song, and the style of the video does it well. The “symbols” have very little to do with it.
    (My guess is that I’m the loner in this opinion. -__-  sorry if I offended anyone.)

    • JayDK

      I don’t see Big Bang becoming formulaic — if anything, I think they’re breaking away from their earlier sound and arrangements more and more.  Bad Boy, Fantastic Baby, Blue, Still Alive, and Ego all sound very different to me, and very different from their earlier work.  Monster is reminiscent of Lies and Haru Haru, but that was GD’s intention apparently.  There’s still lots of room for growth, but I think the balance is towards change rather than sticking to the previous sound and arrangements.

      • Haibara Christie

        Maybe so, since I don’t follow Big Bang as much, but I personally thought that song structure is becoming the same.  GD/TOP Start of with a rap or a low verse, Daesung does his “screaming” thing leading up into the main chorus, Taeyang-Daesung back and forth in the chorus, Seung Ri stuck with a random middle verse, while GD gets the rest of the middle lines, TOP takes the rap (and sometimes GD), and ending varies…oh and repetition of the title in the song many times.  Plus I cannot think of a song where there isn’t a ton of synthesizer and autotune.  It’s kinda hard to explain, but the similarities isn’t necessarily in melody, but in how the song itself is written. My guess is that GD and Teddy are doing 99% of the writing and although it is a good thing that Big Bang is self writing, I find too much in common with their latest album (and repackage) with their last one (Though they are different from Haru Haru-esque stuff.)  The two of them churn out songs in the same catchy formula and it sells, because the build of the songs work.  By no means am I saying that it is a bad thing, because like you said, they don’t sound the same at first glance, but I wish they tried something different structurally, or eased off on the synthesizer a bit.  They’ve hit their stride–I just hope that they don’t glue themselves to it.

        • JayDK

          I think you’re right that there’s a a recognizable pattern to Big Bang’s song structure, but there’s enough variation from that pattern that I don’t think it’s become a limitation.  One of the reasons I like Ego a lot is GD & TY together on the chorus, for example.  But I really prefer BB’s more recent music from 2011 on, so that affects my opinion too.

          • Haibara Christie

            You do have a point there.  I’m not a big fan of the modern, heavily synthesized, club style music of Big Bang, so I do have some inherent bias against it.  For people like you who enjoy that style, the structural similarities is something you can easily look past, and that’s not a bad thing at all.  Big Bang makes music that suits them, and their fans are the people who enjoy that style of music. It is expected that Big Bang would continue to create music that is enjoyed by–and sells well to–their constituents.

        • gowhalego

          As a Big Bang fan, you are perfectly spot-on about the verse assignments for each of the members. But whether that is considered formulaic or a winning formula which capitalizes on each members’ strength is interesting.  

          This is what GD has to say about this issue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jc7VSUvtCHM   

          I wouldn’t fault them for continuously assigning the same parts to the same members if it works (in fact, pop songs become pop songs mainly because they are so structured and thus so familiar and that’s why people enjoy listening to them). That said, I wouldn’t mind a little surprise in terms of songwriting. It’s more fun to see people testing the boundaries of creativity rather than staying in their comfort zone. 

  • ZoeyOrlando

    Worst video by Big Bang for me.
    the song didn’t do that well for me either, I liked the rap part only. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IPG2WN6Y7N74PMCXHDYEJUPKEQ vans

    As much as I love TOP to death, that hat (while in that poncho-esque jacket) really made me groan while watching the video. WHY?! What’s with the hat?! I know he looks good as heck stylist-unnies, so stop trying to make him look bad! NOT working. I love Monster as a song and I agree that as an MV, it became to overwhelming that sometimes I forget that I was in it for the song and tend to focus on the many happenings on the video. Seungri’s parts, particularly, kajima…” is so eerily beautiful for me. And Taeyang and Daesung did really well as always.

    • ggoma

       Seungri was just perfect. He stood out the most to me.

  • Lubrro

    Maybe I’m the only one, but the first time I saw this MV, I totally recalled the styling in The Cell movie (Starring JLo and Vincent D’Onofrio)… BTW, I liked the MV and tha song, they both give a feeling I’ve only felt with BEG’s Cleansing Cream…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/R5BKARJWK7NNOXYOIUSP76YJW4 Aj

      And that movie was horrible.

      • Lubrro

         Yes, totally horrible… But the make up and sets used for the villain’s mind/dreams/thoughts we’re great in my opinion…

  • http://twitter.com/nozomi05 Dee

    I might sound such a philistine.. but I did not like the MV, I understand the symbolism that Big Bang was trying to achieve with the MV but the video is just strange and the song is good enough that it does not need a weird music video to go with it.

  • ggoma

    Can you not understand Korean or haven’t seen the lyrics? They are awesome. The song is great. Just because the music video wasn’t to your taste that makes it lack in artistry?

    • severely

      I think the writer’s point was that the music video was artistic for the sake of being artistic. While the lyrics undeniably have a powerful message, that’s not what the writer was discussing; the writer was discussing the MV.

      • ggoma

         And I think that message was shown. Just not right in your face.

        • Mintmint

          Well to your OP a lot of people here acknowledged that the song was good. The review is about the MV, which should stand on its own.

          If you mute the Monster MV, it still comes across as confusing. However, seeing BEG’s Cleansing Cream or Sunny Hill’s Pray without sound seems to get across a message very clearly THROUGH FILM TECHNIQUE without understanding the lyrics.

          “Just because the music video wasn’t to your taste that makes it lack in artistry?”

          A person who, say, does not favor cubism in paintings may not like Picasso’s works all that much or consider them favorites or to their “personal taste”. They might not care about them enough to get a copy to hang on their wall at home. But anyone with a general understanding of art can see the “artistry” and great detail, depth, etc. in his works.

          You don’t necessarily have to like something to acknowledge the skill and talent that is put into it. Just for an example, someone may think that Michael Bay’s Transformers movies are boring and the plots are stupid, but not a lot of people can argue against the fact that he is a damn good director at creating special effects and capturing explosions, fight scenes, etc. in a way that appeals to the audience – he is skilled at directing blockbuster movies and the PROOF is in the bank-loads of cash he has generated with every film.

          To your second comment: “I think a lot of people aren’t Korean speakers so they are losing some of the power of the MV.”

          That is not only an insult to those who enjoy foreign music (not just Korean pop, but music from any foreign country – Jpop, French rock, Hindi music, etc.) but also to the MV directors themselves. The point of using film technique in a music video to run parallel to a song is by speaking WITH the language of film. The song is already expressing itself through lyrics and music composition, and so the MV needs to express itself on its own as well ON ITS OWN TERMS. Any skilled director will NOT rely entirely upon the sound of film to get his point across. Half of the presentation is through image and that resource should never be ignored if you want to become a respected director. I could watch Letters From Iwo Jima muted the whole way through (original language is in Japanese) and I would still be able to follow the story and feel the emotion behind every shot.

          BTW, a while ago Big Bang released a playlist from their iPods and most of them had at least one foreign/American song on there. Are you also insulting non-English-speaking fans like GD or TOP who enjoy Lady Gaga, American rock or British pop like Adele? Who says that you need to understand a language to enjoy a music video, movie or song?

          • ggoma

            It’s not offensive. Lyrics are half of a song. Big Bang specializes in trendy songs and of course you can still enjoy the songs but the lyrics have an added depth that is lost if you cannot understand. That’s why people sub videos and translate. It’s still available to non-Korean speaking fans just the same if they bother to look it up.

            Also, music is different from a movie. A movie shows a story, a song expresses something. If the lyrics are missing or misunderstood, that’s not to say it can’t be appreciated, it’s simply not going to have all the pieces there.

            It’s like a puzzle. The picture can be beautiful, but until you have all the pieces you might not be able to figure out what it is until it’s all put together.

            I found this music video to match the song quite well. It certainly was better than the typical Kpop mv with dancing or some couple breaking up or getting into a car accident which even Big Bang has done before. I certainly see this one being more meaningful to the song than Bad Boy or Tonight, etc.

          • Mintmint

            From the song title and teasers it’s already kind of obvious that it’s about a lost love + a “monster” concept. The full lyrics help a little but essentially the central meaning of the song – which is really all you need to know to evaluate an MV for a Kpop artist – is understood pretty well without looking up translation. At least a third of the song is in English, and it can’t get any more obvious than “I love you, baby I’m not a monster”. I do agree that Big Bang specializes in trendy pop songs – and forgive me but trendy songs usually do not have deep lyrics that need to be analyzed/understood so thoroughly like you may suggest. The general meaning is quite clear – it’s idol music after all and it’s meant to appeal to a large mass audience and so lyrics are usually written simply.

            Actually a lot of people here looked up the whole lyrics/meaning of the song and STILL felt that the MV didn’t do the song justice. Of course we can agree to disagree since there’s obviously different opinions on this issue but I’m just explaining my point in better detail. I’m glad that you enjoyed the MV.

            I think you missed my point about the movie and MV analogy. Of course without understanding lyrics, a song would just be like listening to an instrumental since the meaning of the words isn’t there. I’m talking about how a GOOD music video doesn’t NEED lyrics to pull it off. If an MV is powerful and done well enough – which Big Bang and plenty of other Kpop artists/musicians in general have done before, and IMO just not in Monster – then you could basically mute the whole video and still feel the effect of the MV without the song (because it is using film technique instead of the song itself to send a message).

            Like I said before, an MV should be able to stand by itself. If it relies completely upon the lyrics of a song to get its point across, then what’s the point of doing an MV in the first place? It should speak for itself and be an enhancement, instead of a dependent add-on (at least for the really good MVs). To argue against your point, an MV is essentially a movie, just with music instead of dialogue. The purpose of an MV is to show the story of a song in film format. Likewise, a movie can also “express something.” Songs can also tell stories like movies, and movies can also be expressive like songs. There’s no black-or-white category. So I do agree that understanding the lyrics can HELP. But IMO most of the time it’s not necessary. If a MV is shot well, it will do quite fine on its own.

            Your comments were quite brief and so it could be confusing to some people and be misconstrued with a meaning you didn’t intend it to have. I apologize if I read it incorrectly, but I suggest that next time you elaborate a little more so that people don’t misunderstand (like you did in the comment I’m replying to, that was great to hear your opinion in detail so we can bounce ideas). To some, it may come across as offensive because you are discrediting their arguments and evidence entirely based upon their lack of knowledge in Korean. But of course if that’s not your intention, it’s fine. I’m just pointing out that it can be read otherwise if you don’t explain your points. And I guess my main point here is that you don’t HAVE to understand it to evaluate an MV’s credibility. Sorry this is long, I think we misunderstood each other’s argument so I thought I should elaborate more. I understand your opinion better now and it’s totally fine if we don’t agree.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erinne-Chua/1678728566 Erinne Chua

        Believe it or not, it’s actually hard to think of a concept for a music video that can be the translation for the song and not cliche at the same time.

  • ggoma

     Yeah, I think a lot of people aren’t Korean speakers so they are losing some of the power of the MV.

  • goldengluvsk2

    for MVs of creatures/monsters tryign to escape my fav by far is Sunny Hill’s Pray… but my big bang babies did a great job with this :) well, I cant justify or find a valid explanation for their fashion sense for this one -TAEYANG’S DOUBLE BURRITO/SUSHI ROLL/MICKY MOUSE HAIR! I wanted a different hairstyle for him but really?!! people say be careful of what you wish… now i understand… xDD- BUT I can speak about what I got from the MV and the song… even when i had to watch the MV then read the lyrics and Rewatch it to fully understand and see the relation between the two… imo the song talks about a man’s sorrow when he realizes his lover doesnt look at him like she used to and now sees him as a monster/awful person like everyone else do… since the only person that thought of him differently judges him now hes asking her to stop thinking hes a “monster/awful person” and remember him like he really is…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MMRQEZEPSNJ26LJ7XJNDDM5NCI JasmineA

     Uh…I really hate to criticize BIGBANG again because I’ve been doing it so much lately that I’m starting to feel like I hater. I know criticizing a group doesn’t make someone a hater but I haven’t really been saying anything nice about them lately so I sort of feel bad about it because their my favorite group, and the only group I really follow closely besides 2ne1, Shinee, and Mblaq.

    Let me just start by saying that I have been loving their songs this year, I love the Alive Album so much, its the first kpop album I’ve ever bought, the only song I didn’t like off the Album was Love Dust but every other song I’ve listen to numerous of times, but most of their MV’s this year have not been cutting it for me. To me BIGBANG has been relying too much on everything else rather it be location, camera work, special effects, or customs and not the actual concept itself to make their videos interesting. While all those things are great and interesting to watch, overall its not going to make people love it. It’s kind of comparable to movie, that yes a movie with special affects is great but if the acting is terrible and the over story line is bad, is that going to make people like your movie? No, it wont. MV’s like Blue and Badboy were about the location mostly above anything else, the MV’s themselves weren’t all that great. Blue was an medicore MV but the camera angles and how they captured the scenery were great, and all the memebers looked great too because their customs were not overdone. BadBoy, is one of my favorite songs but I can’t stand the MV, it was just all kinds of awkward from the clothings to the dougie at the end. Fantastic Baby was my favorite MV and I don’t really even know why, I guess I was just happy to see a fun BIGBANG MV and I think that because the song was a dance song that didn’t have much deep meaning anyways so it was okay to put randoms customs and imagery in the MV, but its doesn’t work well for a song like Monster that has plenty meaning.

    Anyways Mintmint pretty much said everything I wanted to say. I feel like the video was just a bunch of things put into one without any symbolism or meaning put into it. I mean I get that their monsters since the song is titled monster. But there were just to many random customs and setting in the MV that didn’t fit well with the song for me. Have you guys seen Simon and Martina’s review on the song, Simon pretty much explains my problem with the MV -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNLtupfyqHU&feature=g-u-u And another problem I had with the MV is towards the end when everyone ran out of building because it was exploding why was GD the only one shown leaving the building? What happen to the other four members, weren’t they all shown escaping the building as well?…so were are they? I was a bit confused on that part.

    The song itself I really like though, I love that Daesung got sing the beginning of the chorus because he usually doesn’t get to sing the chorus, I love his voice so much. Im usually not all that impressed with Taeyang vocals, I don’t hate his voice or anything I just think its okay, but I love the way his sings in the beginning of the song after Top and GD rap. I love when Top and GD switch off in between rapping, their voices go so well together and I love that Seungri’s parts actually fit his voice very well. Overall, I thought that every memeber delivered vocally very well in this song and that’s before I knew the meaning of the song.

    Now after listening to the song all the way through, I wanted to know why GD said at the end “I think Im sick, I think I’m sick”, so of course I had to go look up the english lyrics of the song and it made me love the song even more. So as everyone stated its sounds like its about a guy not wanting the girl that he loves to see him in a negative way like everyone else does and he wants her to believe that he’s not the way he’s been potrayed. There’s a part in lyrics were he said-

    A life without you is like an imprisonment for
    lifeAn extinction from the world to the point where I’d go crazyYour
    existence is a chronic disease, a repitition of painYou’re a lingering
    attachment in my heart
    The people of the world have turned their backs
    against me
    The corners of their eyes are all twisted up
    The greatest pain
    to me,
    Is the fact that you became the same as themRead
    more: BigBang
    Monster English Translation Lyrics | InfoTaip

    Then towards the end the lyrics say something along the lines of our love is breaking apart, so when he says he thinks he’s sick at the end I interpret that as meaning that she probably left him and so now he feels sick…when I read that I felt bad for GD lol, but I thinks that good, that is what songs are suppose to do, make you feel what the singer is feeling or trying to get across IMO. So yeah I really love the song even though I don’t really care much for the music video.

  • ggoma

    Personally I think this music video fit well. They are outcasts. I think this match the lyrics well, especially TOP’s part

    세상사람들이 내게 돌린 등
    모든 것이 베베 꼬여있던 눈초리들
    내게 가장 큰 아픔은 (아픔은)
    네가 그들 같아졌단 것뿐

    Like someone who has become abject from society and everyone is turning their backs on the person because of some mistake.

    Maybe the people who are mocking how they look don’t bother looking further, but maybe they are trying to look ridiculous in the MV in order to mirror the idea of them being ridiculed and thrown away.

    It’s about the pain of not fitting into the molds and watching people disappear as it happens.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MMRQEZEPSNJ26LJ7XJNDDM5NCI JasmineA

      How are they trying to look ridiculous in a MV to potray being ridiculed when they’ve dress ridiculous in other video’s and on stage as well before, this is not the first time we’ve seen BIGBANG in outfits that are out there, are they trying to potray that everytime they dress different? I don’t think so.

      What I got from the song was that they dont want the person they love to see them as a monster, the way society has painted them as such. As for the MV, it just shows BIGBANG wearing daring outfits like they always do, it didn’t really relate anything to the song besides that they wore daring/ out there monster constumes, but thats my interpretation… and your free to have yours, but I wouldn’t say that the people judging how they are dressed is mocking them more so that they think BIGBANG is just doing things just for the sake of being different. There are too many things left unclear in this video, to much attention is going into the special affects and customes rather than developing a clear story line.

      PS- Correct me if my wrong, but I in all honesty I don’t really see BIGBANG as outcasts. I think they are judged harshly at times like most celebrities would be after huge scandals like theirs but overall they have a very solid and supportive fanbase, they are allowed on shows and advertisments despite their controversies, things that I feel like a totaly outcast would not be able to do, they are pretty popular and accepted which is why they were able to comeback after such a hard struggle. I don’t see how they could be singing about being outcasts more so than just about being judged for the past and not wanting the people they care about to look at them in that way.

      • JayDK

        Context is everything — the styling doesn’t exist in a vacuum.  BB’s styling in the MV for Fantastic Baby was extreme as well, but in FB it was about being rebellious, bringing life and color to a neutral, sterile world.  In Monster it’s about being rejected, attacked and overwhelmed for being different.  Similar styling choices don’t have the same meaning, because the choices were made in different settings and conveyed something different to the viewer in each case.  IMO, the extreme styling/costumes in both MVs worked well to visually convey the feeling of the MV — even though the feeling of each MV is very different.
         

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/MMRQEZEPSNJ26LJ7XJNDDM5NCI JasmineA

          That’s your interpretation of Monster, its not really stated that thats what the MV is about. The song itself like I’ve said like 3 times now is about a man’s heart as GD put it, how he doesn’t want the person he loves or cares about to see him in the same way society does. I don’t think that it means they are being rejected by society because like I said before BIGBANG aren’t really outcast, Yes they’ve faced struggles and are judged for pass doings but are they rejected by society…no, far from it. But they are harshly judged at times by society, I’ll give them that.The MV to me showed BIGBANG being turned into Monsters against their will, while that gives it literal meaning, the song is not actually about monsters, more so than being seen in a negative way. The MV kinda used a literal meaning so that the director could use a concept theme similar to a hollywood action film. If the customes have anything do with something else other than that can you please tell me how? How does mickey mouse hair have to do with what Taeyang’s struggle, or glowing eyes, or smashing manikins have to do with some deep meaning of struggle? What I saw was BigBang got forced into a training camp,  turned into monsters against there will, and then escaping an exploding building after being turned because I guess the people who created them were now trying to harm/kill them. Its was like watching a short action movie, it didn’t really convey any emotions of the songs actual meaning. I don’t hate the MV, the special affects were nicely done, but its a bit confusing…and I’m not even sure what kinda monsters BIGBANG were honestly, except for maybe GD and TOP, everyone else I have no clue about. There are just to many things that aren’t addressed that should have been to make this MV better but I do really like the song.

          On a side note, I also didn’t feel like Fantastic Baby was about rebellion, BIGBANG was sitting on a thrown at the end of music video after we see people push through signs that said “stop the music”, I interpret this as BIGBANG reclaiming their place in the kpop industry as a top idol group even with all the struggles that happened to them last year with the help of their fans. The video was out there but it fit well because the song itself was a fun party dance song. But like I said we all have are interpretations of what the MV was.

          • JayDK

            As you said, I think we all have different interpretations of the MVs, and no one interpretation is the correct or only one.  For me, the Monster MV doesn’t have to literally follow the song or even tell a story at all; it’s satisfying because it expresses the feeling of the song.  In the same way, I don’t think the styling and effects are defining TOP as this particular monster or Taeyang as that monster, but simply serving as a reference point.  It’s loose and open and up to the viewer to bring his or her own meaning and interpretation, which is pretty exciting and different in the world of kpop MVs IMO.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/MMRQEZEPSNJ26LJ7XJNDDM5NCI JasmineA

            I don’t think it has to have literal meaning of the song either, but my point was mostly that people are trying to find this literal and deep meaning in the MV  to it when there really isn’t one. It does express the feeling of the song, but there were a lot of parts in the MV that were just confusing. I actually do think it has a bit of a story to it, but it wasn’t explained clearly.

          • JayDK

            What I mean by we all have different interpretations is that some people do find deeper meaning in the MV, whether through what they see as the story, or through the feeling, or whatever, and others don’t — but because one viewer doesn’t find it, doesn’t mean the meaning doesn’t exist for someone else.  It’s not black and white.  Different viewers can find different meanings, or none at all, because we all react differently. 

          • http://twitter.com/VIPsharrira RealTerra

            one vote for u Jay DK..what greats about BB mv is we can have our own interpretation..mv looks cool
             :)

          • Haibara Christie

            But I could say the same thing about say, “The Boys” Mv, or any sort of nonsense mv of the like just as I can for this one.  Why is “Monster” supposedly more meaningful? Why aren’t we having the same sort of discussions about other mvs the same way we are about this mv? I’m all for having are own interpretation of music videos and art in general, but what makes Big Bang (or other artists of the like) immune to ever being labeled as a “nonsense” mv that contains no real meaning? 

            For the recent Shinhwa mv contained a lot of interesting details such as secret messages and artifacts, interesting camera work, pretty models, but no one tried to make some great meaning out of that.  Why can’t we appreciate Big Bang’s mv for simply being an mv and stop looking for some deeper meaning as though they were some sort of John Steinbeck or something? Even if there was some meaning that Big Bang was going for, it is entirely irrelevant in the scheme of what Kpop is to the masses (NOT Seoulbeats!).  

          • JayDK

            I can’t say why some MVs provoke discussion and others don’t; the only thing that seems clear to me, based on the amount of comments in this article, is that this MV is one that generates discussion.

            Not finding meaning in the MV is perfectly valid, as is finding meaning.  It’s all subjective — there’s no objective right or wrong reaction. 

  • http://twitter.com/YueSoEul Yue

    I gotta agree – Love Song is by far my favourite Big Bang’s video. It is simple and relaxed. I don’t feel like “what?” half the time, though the crashed car at the end did made me go O___o? Anyway, Monster MV could have been different — But, it was alright if you really look passed the Mickey Mouse hair Spock cut. Maybe I’m wrong, but, I think they were just showcasing how different they are in the MV. How they’re breaking the rules and running as fast as they can, away from the confinement of the ‘ideal’ in the industry and the act of breaking the mannequin can probably be attributed to ‘breaking the mold’. I’ve listened to Big Bang long enough and for some reason, they never failed or bore me like other bands. There was always something and I can always expect to laugh at it or be amazed at it.

    As for the song — I love it to death. It felt like a song retelling the events of 2011, their apologies and their hope. I just hope Big Bang will continue to grow…

  • http://twitter.com/tpuspita Tities ‘Shimsalabim’

    the first time i watched this MV i was like what? what’s with the hairstyle changing several times? but then again i must remind myself that it’s Big Bang’s MV. it’s usual to see their unusual way to translate the song into an MV. i love the delivery, their make-up, hairstyles, outfits (TOP’s is the coolest), but i’m still trying to get a hang of the song itself.

    i love Love Song MV the most just because of the same reasons stated on the article. love GD’s baggy pants (it’s odd but he wore it stylishly).

  • GreyLeaves

    I can’t help but lol at these “deep” interpretations of this video. It just proves people will grasp at any straws to explain the tomfoolery going on in this video. The only plus was that T.O.P. was looking fine even with that cape. I like some of Big Bang’s music but, I found that this song was nothing to write home about.

  • Sanyog Rai

    Do all SB writer have to comment about being a Bigbang fan when they start an article………… Are they just saying it for the sake of saying it or are they really an avid fan? 
    Also, SB tends to have a slight negative connotation toward every Bigbang song or video…… If nothing than they tend to ridicule their fashion…. Is Kpop only about synchronized dance, sleek video, catchy tune and stuff………. Can’t an artist have enough freedom to look out of the box and try to do something different…………. Can’t we just appreciate a singer for their song……. Kim Bum Soo was a faceless singer for a very long time that doesn’t stop him from being recognized for his singing talent……. 

    • Gaya_SB

      I can assure you that when a writer states that they are a fan of a group or idol, they actually are a fan of that group/idol. The insinuation that they may be lying about something like that would likely be insulting were it not so fatuous.

      And not all SB writers are BB fans, myself being one of them. I like a fair few of their songs and have a lot of respect for their skills, talents and work ethic, but I do not count myself as a VIP.Furthermore, Bethany clearly states that she does in fact like the song “Monster” (in the concluding paragraph); so she did appreciate Big Bang for the song — her main beef was with aspects of the MV itself, which was the focus of this article, which happens to be a Music Video Review. So while the argument that K-pop is about more than videos and dancing is not invalid, the purpose of this article is to look at exactly those things, which Bethany has done and on which she has provided her opinion.

      As for the opinions themselves, they differ from person to person, and there is nothing wrong with disagreement and debate; but, at the very least, less over-generalisation would be appreciated.

      • Sanyog Rai

        Not that I am questioning about there preference or anything……. But just wanted to know???? Do a writer really need to state their liking for a group every time they write an article… Do we reader need to know about that???? I don’t care whether the writer likes the group or not…. I read an article just for the article not for the writer’s preference……. 
        Just so you know I don’t go around bashing people for their opinion, I am too old to be doing that….. Generally I don’t even prefer to comment on an article…. It’s too much of a hassle for me…….

        • Gaya_SB

          It seems I’ve perhaps misinterpreted your intent — at any rate, I probably shouldn’t have assumed something so readily, and been so harsh at the beginning and end of my comment. I understand where you’re coming from now. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MMRQEZEPSNJ26LJ7XJNDDM5NCI JasmineA

      I think the reason why authors have state they are a fan is because many kpop fans will claim that any critism directed at their bias means the person isn’t really a fan. Kinda like what your doing right now.

      There’s nothing wrong with doing or being different but it should be done genuinely. As I’ve stated before sometimes I think BIGBANG does things just for the sake of being different.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nielsgabriel Niels Gabriel Nable

    I just don’t get some people. Many judged “Love Song” and “Blue” as the most boring music videos ever and then when “Fantastic Baby” and “Monster” were released, some proclaims as if the two were the most corrupted, most over-the-top, and most crazy music video ever. 

    Just deal with the fact that Big Bang, even though many have a very high expectation of them, have to get out of the whole K-Pop bandwagon when it comes to making music videos. It’s either they stick with the generic, open book, spoon-feed formula or they really have to release something that is new to the eyes of everyone, even how good or bad it is personally to other people.

  • Ana Paula Siqueira

    “Big Bang has reached idol status where they can probably do whatever
    they want in their music videos and chart it off as artistry and
    creativity, and still garner worldwide praise.”

    Yeah, just what I was thinking…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erinne-Chua/1678728566 Erinne Chua

      According to kpop news and some shows /but views I’ve watched, they’re not  considered idols anymore, btw :)  I’ll try to search for the vids :)

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/QBU6GYATEJXXIMFRFNILY5ZRLU Hi Everyone

        They’re not considered idols? I thought they were HUGE?

        • http://twitter.com/mrmuumuu Jenny Shin

          they are huge. i think what they were trying to say is that they’re not considered idols (ie. manufactured puppets of companies) but more artists with musical freedom :)

  • Hypotenuse

    I thought tacky visual kei was out of style.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002272798417 Dania Moncrieffe

    The members are the monsters. It seems to me they are trapped/cornered and are trying to escape the camp. At 0:23 he starts to transform from beast to halfing (or whatever), you can hear the difference in breathing. After it escaped the building in the end, it went back to the beast form

    Trapped Monster = chains, cages n cameras + horns n glowing eyes 

    The crescents are really inverted horns. So is Youngbae’s hairstyle… not all horns are pointy. 

    They escape about at 3:40 and end up in some snowy place… who knows? Maybe that’s its natural habitat. See its running toward the spire in what looks like a settlement. Looks to me like freedom. 

    With the winder scene it looks awesome since we were just dealing with fire and what seems like a desert.

    2:08 You see Daesungs true form. BTW He looks very hot in this video, minus what looks like a tonne of breakouts. I think the contacts should have been in the right image though, that would make that clips cooler for me.

    LOL at T.O.P 3:45 sooo cool.

    They all have like 4 outfits.. very interesting fashion pieces. I very much enjoyed Daesungs palette.

  • http://twitter.com/VIPsharrira RealTerra

    afterall, this is BIGBANG guys..dont expect something convetional or kpop-dance mv style..rather than all of tht usual stuff i watched,i enjoyed this mv so much..read the title than u can understand..it says MONSTER MV and for me BIGBANG nailed the word MONSTER in bigbang-ish way..done!

  • http://twitter.com/fcaca26 cacaface

    thats cuz your stupid nd dont look what its saying if your a fan look up what its saying matches with the video and you call yourself  V.I.P

  • http://twitter.com/TheInventionOfD PodK

    Personally, it took me a while to come to accept this. But, now, I can definitely say I love it. When I say ‘accept’, it wasn’t the fashion or the music video it was the song. I was confused by the strange yet gentle rapping at the beginning, unfurling and becoming almost a conversation between TOP and GD.
    I don’t understand the cowboy look going on with TOP, it’s not something I find attractive, unlike in Fantastic Baby where his looks literally kill.
    Also not sure about the Mickey Mouse look Taeyang’s got going on… It’s a bit… Well, I personally wouldn’t have styled him like that.
    I found this article amusing because I pretty much agreed. Even if I say so myself, I’m good at seeing both sides of an opinion, and I can see why maybe someone would disagree with the opinion expressed.
    This maybe a little ‘taboo’, but I have to say, the stylisation for some parts of this reminded me of the Japanese Rock band Mucc. Like when GD kicks the porcelain mannequin dummy in its non-existent balls, his long skirt, face hidden by mushroom hair and buckled look just bring a little of the Alternative/Rock fashion sense that Mucc pull off effortlessly, and as I like to call ‘dressing up’. Not really sure how that sentence sounds, but I have a feeling that I pulled it off successfully.
    Then there’s Daesung. Ohhhh boy~ I’m afraid that this is where the fangirl inside of me appears. As much as I love the other members, Daesung captures my heart each and every time with those powerful yet gentle vocals of his. He seems like such a humble and modest person, possibly a bit shy and definitely sweet, but when you see (or hear.. ) him sing it’s like WOAH. And I can’t help but being all like ‘Kyaaaahh~!!!”
    Is there a rule that in MVs rapping looks effortless whereas singing is like EMOTION, PAIN, etc. and all in your face with the singer’s heart.
    Anywhom, that’s just my opinion. Did I even give an opinion? I feel like I just stated the obvious… ^__^

  • Nara Medusa

    BB is always experimenting with their music…I even think they have created a genre of their own! i don’t understand why some ppl don’t like Monster, but you’re definitely entitled to your own opinion…but I guess you lack taste hahaha! offence taken anyone? 
    sorry…but srsly, monster was on replay mode for weeks in my playlist.