Monsta X’s Beautiful MV analysis
It’s interesting to see what each member receives in their locked up rooms. And going by All in and Fighter symbols, each prop can’t be random. It must have some meaning. I think each object represents what the X Clan offered them (to keep on the theme).The first thing you notice is that Jooheon is the one who carries them on a silver plate and serves them to the locked up members.
But this happens after the first chorus. Before that, we can see the members struggling to escape the rooms.
Moreover, at the end of the video, all members are able to leave their room – and we know it’s not Jooheon who freed them, but they did it themselves. The doors were opened from the inside. This probably means that he gave them what they needed in order to escape the oppressive (maybe dystopic too?) society they lived in.
· The pocket watch for Minhyuk: this one is probably the simplest symbol. The watch represents time. It also indicates 5:14 which was noticed from the teaser – the date of their debut.
Through this, Minhyuk has the power to turn back time to the beginning. Connecting it with All in and Fighter, it gives Minhyuk the power to turn back the time and save his friend, Hyungwon, from death, to bring him back to life.
His room décor is also full of symbols regarding time stillness, suggesting Minhyuk’s feelings of being stuck in time – or that the time stood still – because of Hyungwon’s death.
· The hammer for Kihyun: the hammer has been a symbol for power since old times. It represents strength, ambition and, of course, a good physical condition.
In All in, Kihyun was seen using crutches (he also appears for a very short time in the video). But those crutches disappear in Fighter and in Beautiful. Because by taking the elixir, the flower, Kihyun regained his strength and can walk again. In Fighter he’s also seen carrying what everyone supposes it’s a corpse in a bag.
The hammer connects to this because Kihyun probably did the hardest thing out of all of their deeds – killing somebody for the clan. And for this you need strength, not only physical but also mental.
· The flower elixir for Shownu: it took me quite a while to figure this out. Shownu’s room has a fragile white flower in a glass box in the middle. The flower probably represents his dying grandfather whom he loved – maybe his only family.
He gives the elixir to the flower. We don’t see any change regarding its state though, although we know his grandfather died in All in. My theory is that Shownu found a second family in the X Clan. He had whom to care for and who to look after him now, even if his real family is dead.
· The mirror for Hyungwon: of course, the first thought that came to my mind is vanity and that Hyungwon is the visual. But the mirror has a deeper symbolism. It shows one’s true identity.
Hyungwon is shown in the beginning hitting the window of his door, something opposite to giving that soldier a flower in All in. His reaction is the strongest in Beautiful because he had the most to lose by joining the X Clan, since his father had such a high position in the New Order forces.
The mirror shows that the X Clan offered Hyungwon the chance to be himself, truly himself, to escape from his (abusive) father. He also has sand in his fist at a point that falls through his fingers. This suggests that he was waiting for something to happen, he was waiting to get the mirror and time seemed like a burden for him.
· Pen and seal for Wonho: Wonho seems to be stuck in a safe deposit box like some kind of bookkeeper, maybe.
Jooheon isn’t seen giving him something (tho, he isn’t seen giving Shownu something either, just checking on him after Shownu is seen with the elixir bottle). But later on, we are shown a silver plate with a pen and a seal, in front of a black notebook.
Throughout the previous videos, Wonho had the role of a helper. He helped Minhyuk to burn down Hyungwon’s father’s building, he built that machine for the elixir. In Beautiful, Wonho is quite passive, he only reads a letter. My guess is that that the letter was actually orders for him to follow, say “burn down building”, “build machine” etc. Wonho has the role of a bookkeeper in the sense that he makes sure the X Clan’s business runs smoothly and helps the other members however he can
· Match for I.M.: I.M. wakes up in a very luxurious room surrounded by money and gold.
He doesn’t seem pleased with this tho, carelessly letting the golden coins drop to the ground. My guess is the décor suggests I.M. was well-off but he wasn’t happy with the riches that surrounded him. This time Jooheon has no link to I.M., as the maknae is seen lighting up a match and burning the money that surrounds him.
This probably suggests his involvement in the fire from All in, but also him giving up on his wealthy condition in exchange for the family he found in the X Clan. I think the match also highlights I.M.’s important role in the clan. He is the spark that starts the fire. Just like Wonho, he had the role of a helper in the previous videos, helping Minhyuk and figuring out how to use the machine Wonho built.
All in all, I still have no idea what’s with Jooheon??
Regarding the trilogy’s (or duology and a half? lol) overall symbolism over youth, I think All in showed the struggles you face when you’re young, the oppression of society, family or the miseries you might face such as somebody’s death. Fighter showed the rebellion, the “fighter” spirit that’s characteristic of this age, that drives people to stand up for themselves. And lastly, Beautiful showed the beauty of youth, that beyond all drama and catastrophe you can still be happy and escape the confines that keep you locked up and even find a second family in your friends.
And I think that’s Beautiful. #StanMonstaX