We Were Once a Fairytale is a 2009 short film directed by Spike Jonze. It stars hip hop musician Kanye West. This is the second collaboration between Jonze and West since they co-directed the music video for West’s single “Flashing Lights” in 2008.
In the film, Kanye West plays himself drunk at a nightclub embarrassing himself and his friends while being belligerent. West becomes excited when “See You in My Nightmares” starts playing in the club and he begins to wander around the club reminding everyone that it is his song, even though everyone already knows that. He also tries to flirt with many of the women there, who are at first starstruck, but then quickly repulsed by his drunken behavior and lewd advances. West embarrasses himself further when he tries to hit on a woman who is there with her boyfriend.
On the dance floor West tries to dance but ends up leaning on a stranger, barely conscious. He then wanders into an empty side room where he begins to feel depressed, but a beautiful woman in a leopard print dress appears. She comforts him and tells him “It’s OK” while he cries on her shoulder. They begin to have sex on a sofa but he passes out on top of her. When West wakes up a short time later, he finds himself with his pants down, laying on a sofa covered with leopard print pillows — he was hallucinating.
Startled and nauseous, he rushes to the bathroom and vomits what appear to be rose petals. West finds a bowie knife in the bathroom and cuts into his stomach, spilling a torrent of petals from his stomach. He pushes the knife in deeper and, with his hands, digs out of himself a small rodent-like creature, named in the credits as “Henry”. When Kanye realizes it is connected to him by an umbilical cord, he cuts the cord with the knife. He then places the creature on a sink counter in front of him and hands it a miniature version of the bowie knife. The creature grabs the tiny knife and eyes it apprehensively before shaking its head at West, who slowly nods his head in response. West watches as the creature commits seppuku, falls over, and slowly dies while gasping for air. The film cuts to black with West still looking at its corpse laying on the counter. –Wikipedia
Spike Jonze is regarded as one of the most famous directors of commercials and music videos. He was nominated for the Academy Award in the category of producer and director in television and film. Jonze is well known for his contribution in the movies entitled “Adaptation” released in 2002 and “Being John Malkovich” a 1999 release. Jonze is also the co-producer of the popular program “Jackass” aired through the MTV television network.
Spike Jonze was born Adam Spiegel in Rockville, Maryland on the 22nd October 1969 and brought up in Bethesda, Maryland. Jonze was the eldest son of Arthur Spiegel III and Sandy Granzow. Spike Jonze has a brother named Sam. Arthur Spiegel III was a respected Management Consultant with a decent client list including many big and small corporations; Spike Jonze’s mother was a famous writer, artist and communications consultant. His brother Sam currently is a DJ and producer. Jonze started his education at the Walt Whitman School.
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A bit too unwieldy and messy in the club scenes and Kanye overacts but that ending is fucking amazing. Really great stuff in that ending. Not perfect but the whole ending is really something and puts everything in a new light. 4 stars. I'm a big Kanye fan so I'm probably biased haha
"Oh...FUCK!" (c) Yeez. Just re-watched this and I love it even more. Also, I'm not ashamed to say that I've acted this way in the clubs on a few occasions (sorry, random people). Well, save for what happened in the washroom, that is. I'll always associate this short film and the 808s album with Kanye's 2-year drunken stumble into the pop culture doghouse. And now I'm in the mood for a nice tumbler of Henrock on ice.