After months of anticipation and two teaser trailers, Machine Gun Kelly’s musical film Downfalls High is live. Its premier Friday night via a Facebook live broadcast drew thousands of fans, starting out strong with 21,000 viewers, which steadily climbed to nearly 35,000 throughout the 45-minute show.
The film, self-proclaimed as a “first of its kind musical experience” stars many familiar faces including Euphoria‘s Sydney Sweeney and TikTok star Chase “Lil Huddy” Watson. Featured artists from MGK’s Tickets To My Downfall album also make an appearance, including Travis Barker, Blackbear, Triple Redd and Iann Dior.
Written by frequent collaborators and dare we say best friends, Mod Sun and Colson Baker himself, the film is a teen coming of age story that centers around a young couple intertwined with songs from the album, and some narration.
Sweeney, pretty in Tickets to My Downfall pink, plays popular high-schooler Scarlett, who quickly falls for misunderstood outcast Fenix (Watson.) The two share a love story told through the songs, pastel setting and reimagined performances from MGK and Travis Barker. There’s a dreamy, retro feel to the first half of the film that mirrors the foggy feeling of finding one’s way in high school and the excitement of young love, but be warned- we recommend having tissues handy.
Maggie Lindemann, who has her own release of her debut EP PARANOIA dropping January 22, appeared in the video as well as longtime MGK drummer, JP Cappelletty, aka Rook.
However, a few faces do seem to be missing from the Tickets to My Downfall crew. Halsey, who is featured in forget me too, and YUNGBLUD whose distinctive voice adds English energy to bodybag, are both absent from the film aside from their vocals playing.
For longtime fans of MGK, easter eggs abound throughout the film, which according to Machine Gun Kelly’s Instagram, was made in only four days.
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