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Let’s Examine Zayn and Taylor Swift’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’ Music Video

When word broke via skeptic Instagram posts that Zayn and Taylor Swift were pairing up for a song in the new Fifty Shades Darker movie people promptly freaked the heck out. Not only was Swift finally going to release some anxiously awaited new music, but her pairing with Zayn put a giant question mark on the “beef” many assumed she had had with his former band One Direction.

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No matter what brought these two together they eventually released “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” and it immediately took off, hitting number 1 on the iTunes chart almost instantly. The song is for a Fifty Shades movie so it really wasn’t a surprise that it had a sensual and steamy sound, which led people to wonder what the music video would look like. Would it star Taylor and Zayn or just be one of those promotional music videos that only shows clips from the movie?

Well your questions have been answered. The duo released the video at midnight last night and it is quite…. interesting to say the least.

Once again, people were freaking out so I decided to watch the video and see what all the hoopla was about. I am not the biggest fan of the song, something I can probably blame Hulu for as they constantly play the movie preview on every commercial break, but I went into it with an open mind and was not disappointed.

Turns out the music video is really just Zayn and Taylor in this old hotel throwing dramatic tantrums at a crazy light show. 

We start out with Zayn walking through an old hotel with a very nice beard and a very pretty face attempting to lip-sync.

You have to assume he’s here looking for Taylor, right? Why else would he be walking into a hotel? Wrong. The two don’t interact at all until the final moments of the video.

Let’s check in with what Zayn’s up to tonight shall we?

Well, first he will find a very nice fruit bowl to chill next to in the world’s dimmest room despite having THREE lamps right next to him.

It appears he has discovered a giant pile of old polaroids that do not entertain him so he wistfully disposes of them.

Zayn will now throw a very dramatic temper tantrum.

This will not be the first bottle of champagne harmed in the making of this video. It’s painful to watch.

Agreed Zayn. That lamp was doing nothing.

Let’s leave him to do that and go check in with Taylor.

Hey girl, hey. She is also taking a meaningful walk through the hotel. Her hair is on point and her outfit is screaming in a very PG way: “I. Am. Edgy”

We have our second champagne causality of the night.

This video is confusing as hell, but the most baffling thing to me is how these two treat a bottle of champagne. Drinking it will help more than wasting it, people!

Taylor finds herself in a crowded room, which I’m pretty sure is a lyric in 50% of Taylor Swift songs.

The only face she wants to see is Zayn and he is not there. You know what that means?

Tantrum Time!

Taylor will now demonstrate how a cat would behave if it were a human and upset.

I feel like this tantrum is missing something though…

There it is. Gotta get that champagne throw in.

Now that there is no alcohol left the two are forced to interact with each other. They find the closest EDM show and stare longingly.

This video is literally nonsense and that kind of makes it very entertaining.

 

 

 

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Casey is a TV junkie currently living in Raleigh, NC. She studied Writing & Media Communication at James Madison University (go dukes!) and currently works in the pharmaceutical field. Constantly wanting to talk about television and learn more about her favorite shows led her to discovering the joy of recaps. From there, she combined her love of TV and writing to become a recapper for FanFest.