This gif sums up my reaction to LR Beautiful Liar MV
Ravi's deep rap contrasting perfectly with Leo's soft vocals enhanced the concept of the MV. Also, I have a thing for when rappers sing so the parts where Ravi was singing with Leo just killed me. Leo's voice was heart wrenching and when you look up the meaning for the lyrics...:'(
I think it is a fresh take on a familiar theme. There have been other songs where the guy/girl leaves their girlfriend/boyfriend because they think it is for the best. However, this is a creative and novel way of portraying the emotions involved.
The Music Video
The MV has an artsy feel to it, which I love, and it's obviously well thought out. The imagery and symbolism in it are absolutely perfect.
Until the end, where the girl leaves, Leo's movements are minimal and constrained like a rigid mask, but Ravi's movements are frantic portraying the passion, anger, emotion. Ravi moves like a mad man who can't control himself which is what one might feel when emotions override rationality.
The costume choice is also on point. Leo, the false facade, is pristine and monochromatic while Ravi, the true inner self, is "messy" and colorful. He is covered in tatoos, his hair is crazy, and his piano is covered in paint, compared to Leo who is sitting next to an elegant looking piano. However, Ravi is the one portrayed in white while Leo remains in black showing that Ravi is the true self. For me, the piano scenes portray the performance his putting on with his outerself compared to what he feels inside.
There are many other symbols in almost every scene. These are just some general observations and my interpretations :)
My favorite scenes where the ones around the end where Leo and Ravi struggle and do an interpretative dance. That scene, I think, is the climax where the tensions between his two selves finally boils over and they have a head on conflict. The scene is raw, as they are fighting each other desperately, but it's also tender as Leo hugs Ravi while preventing him from going back to the girl.
Sometimes in Kpop music videos, it can feel that the video, the lyrics, and the choreography are fighting each other for the listners' attetion but that's not the case in this MV. I love the synergy of all the elements. Everything from the lyrics to the video to the dance to the costume choice added to the meaning of the song.
Although the song is about a guy letting a girl go, I feel like that the song is relatable even outside of the romantic context. We can all relate with the having different sides of ourselves or the contrast between our inner self and what we show others, and the struggle between doing the rational thing versus what our emotions dictate.