Before On The Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z premieres September 20th on HBO, the power couple has released "Bang Bang, Part 1." The video is the first segment in a trilogy of short films directed by Dikayl Rimmasch.
The narrative introduces the lovers' characters: Beyoncé as a club singer and Jay Z as a criminal of sorts. The video ends on a cliffhanger, with the couple abandoning a diner after seeing a wanted poster for themselves in a newspaper. What are they running from? Are they guilty or innocent? Hopefully these questions and more will be answered in "Bang Bang, Part 2."
The short film was inspired by French New Wave film and the couple's fascination with Bonnie and Clyde. One can see the influences in the use of black and white, the lack of dialogue, and Ennio Morrocone's classic composition used for the soundtrack.
When asked about the 'On The Run' theme, Jay Z told Nowness, "We’re not trying to do this literally, it’s not that we’re Bonnie and Clyde. We’re on the run from everything. On the run from becoming a cliché. On the run from doing the same thing again.” If running means continuing to produce the groundbreaking music and media the couple have released in the past few years, then I hope they continue to run for a long time.
Source: Dayenne YouTube Channel