Joe Mettle’s ‘God Of Miracles’ music video, shot and directed in the UK by H.S Ideas, with a run time of 3.47 minutes exudes exotic scenes of foreign descent fused with a gospel theme specifically.
It unfolds with a storyline of a depressed middle-aged white youth crippled in one leg and having crutches as a walking aid.
Joe is spotted on the podium of a church ministering the ‘God of Miracles’ song which attracts passers-by.
Upon rejecting several calls and messages from a concerned and sympathizing father, the young man strolls down the lane where the church is located in frustration and coincidentally gets attracted to the sound of a song that speaks to his current personal situation.
He joins in the fellowship and fixes his gaze on the altar, almost as if he were to be fixing his eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.
Suddenly, the unexpected, or should I say, the anticipated happens and he is miraculously able to walk on his crippled leg.
He rejoices with the congregation and runs off to tell his father about the good news after giving him a call and it ends there.
I must commend the brain behind the storyline as it drives home the core message of the song.
Another noticeable commendation is the camerawork in this video. It’s almost as if one is watching a well-produced movie with the perfect angles and intelligent pan that communicates simultaneous scenes into one view.
However, there were a few loose ends that could have been inculcated to make it a ‘tighter’ video than it already is.
Firstly, the costume and general artistry of the video looked too exotic and foreign. The idea is to project local ingenuity unto a global stage and not to forsake it for Western culture.
A few African print designs in the costume would have done the trick, especially with those two backup dancers. The song swings on an African groove and a fair representation of the African culture wouldn’t have been bad at all.
Secondly, the instrumentation demanded much more representation than just a set of percussion drums and trumpets.
A display of a fuller band playing on stage would have made up for the rather lonely platform Joe was standing on in front of the congregation and serve as a compliment to the rather heavy instrumentation going on in the song.
Also, it was kind of shabby to get a group of people rush in from one side into the church. Maybe some sort of social media publicity like tweets by the few who had already been attracted by the sound would have made more meaning to the sudden rush of numbers entering the church.
Nevertheless, this was a great piece and a real upgrade to the standard and expectation of Joe Mettle.