“A man named Scott” is a documentary which was directed by Robert Alexander on the artist Kid Cudi, author of the album “Man on the Moon: The End of the Day” released in 2008. This is a decryption of this masterpiece.
Decryption of the documentary “A Man named Scott” on the author of “Man on the Moon”
“A Man Named Scott” is a film, more precisely a documentary, about Kid Cudi (real name Scott Mescudi), his music and his life. This film shows a new duality in the character of Cudi: it is successful, but it is filled with a deep sadness. He is the voice of the voiceless, but he often feels like “an impostor,” explaining that people admire him but that he is “just not a happy person. He is human.
Through his music, Cudi took more than one to the darkest depths of his brain, making them feel a little less alone in their own feelings of loss or hopelessness. But what Cudi has always wanted us to understand is that he’s human.
In the movie ‘A Man Named Scott’ we can see what Cudi sang throughout his career. Thanks to his many albums which mix the genres, we have heard what it feels like in his brain.
The first half of the film follows Cudi’s meteoric rise to fame in 2008, with the success of his first mixtape, A Kid Named Cudi, the viral single “Day n ‘Nite”, and his highly anticipated debut album: Man on the Moon: The End of the Day. At this level, he is dressed in designer clothes from head to toe, is seated in a room decorated with care and adorned with gold accessories.
The second half of the film follows Cudi in his worldwide success and fame, as he makes album after album, each with more revolutionary production techniques than the last… yet his outer professional climax coincides with his inner hollow. Here, Cudi is sitting in an empty room, with white walls, dressed all in black, his figure constantly mingling with the shadows behind him.
While Cudi’s self-reflection and self-criticism sets the authentic tone maintained throughout the film, the most compelling part of the film, however, is the visual element; anything explained through storytelling, song lyrics or talking heads is also expressed through engaging visual footage. When Cudi recounts his relationship to the disturbing nature of the solar system, psychedelic images of astronauts and planets obscure the screen, or when he describes his personal mission to continue to “get out of the box”, we see a dancer performing. contort gracefully in a glass box.
There couldn’t have been a more ideal and diverse array of additional sources, ranging from rappers like Kanye West and Schoolboy Q to top producers like Jeff Bhasker, Dr Candice Norcott, a clinical psychiatrist, Jaden and Willow Smith. , as well as two other actors and close companions of Cudi, Timothee Chalamet and Shia Labeouf.
We also see in the film, regular Cudi fans of all ages praising Cudi’s ability to normalize feelings of “loss” and to express his emotions in ways that no artist has been able to do before.
The film ends on a high and refreshing note after the omnipresent darkness of the second half. West and Cudi perform together after Cudi’s 2019 relapse. They soared hundreds of feet above the raving crowd, standing in a clear plexiglass box filled with a radiant orange light exuding from everywhere. “Reborn” by Kids See Ghosts (the Cudi and West collaboration project) is playing.