Short films often allow artists to be more creative and find unique ways to communicate with their audience more effectively. With Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade making a splash in the music world a few years ago, Ruthie Collins was inspired to create a short film titled Get Drunk and Cry to give listeners a taste of her debut album.
The Get Drunk and Cry short film opens with Ruthie asking how she got to what can only be considered one of many rock bottoms people experience when navigating life and love. The film describes what effects the wrong person can have on a person who is willing to give everything they have just to be told they are not enough no matter how hard they try. This narration alone is compelling and relatable, and we haven’t even gotten to the music yet!
The first song in the short film, “Getting Out There,” serves as a self-healing process for anyone trying to get over a breakup. With its upbeat tempo, “Getting Out There” is a song you cannot help but dance to. Lyrically, the song is empowering while trying to get used to the idea of being on the town with friends trying to “get out there” and realizing that you can be a strong, independent woman who does not need a man to be living her best life.
Get Drunk and Cry takes listeners back to the first pain felt during a breakup coupled with seeing an ex with someone else. The message of the song, combined with Collins’s honey-like vocals, create a sense of tranquility for whoever listens. Overall, the title track of the visual album does not at all disappoint.
While the short film circles back to how the singer got to where she was at the start of the film, there is something different about the somber state Ruthie is at this time. This time around, with a goal of getting out of the rut in sight, Collins realizes a change must be made if she wants to come out on top.
“Boys and Beaches” takes on a more lighthearted vibe than its predecessors. “Beaches and Boys” communicates a desire to get out of the town you know like the back of your hand and go on an adventure. The song is purely about fun and wanting to have a good time and forget your troubles. “Beaches and Boys” also provides a reflective part and once again realizing you deserve more than what you previously had.
After “Boys and Beaches” the short film goes into wanting to never forget the good times that were had and the memories that were made with an ex.
“You Don’t” describes how a person may change because of how much they want a relationship with someone even if they do not like what they have become. Furthermore, “You Don’t” brings to light the realization of standing underneath a dark cloud and not wanting to live in the shadows anymore and be true to who you are even if that means sacrificing what you loved because you were not loved as your true self.
The last song in the short film, “Pink Bic Lighter”, tells others that they will get through the breakup and come out stronger than before. “Pink Bic Lighter” focuses on having the little things and being fine with them and realizing a breakup is not the end of the world.
Ruthie Collins’s short film Get Drunk and Cry can be found here
The album Get Drunk and Cry is available now