• Madelyn Sipola

“If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power” album movie review

With Halsey’s newest album, came a 53-minute movie streaming on HBO Max.

If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power is the long-awaited Halsey album that debuted back in August 2021, however, Halsey did something a little different than normal — she filmed a movie album for If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power.

On Oct. 7, the movie started streaming on HBO Max, and fans were so excited.


The movie poster for If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power. Photo courtesy of IMDb.

“I've loved halsey since I was in 7th grade and its crazy how every project of hers has been exactly what I needed at that point in my life. if I cant have love I want power is everything I needed this year,” a fan said on Twitter.

Many seemed to approve of the project.

“I just watched if i cant have love i want power and lemme tell you halsey is fucccing just single piece in this world idc there are singers who could be better than her idc theres no human like her,” another fan said.

With the positive comments from the movie album, I had to watch it myself. So, here is my review on the If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power movie album.

When I did the album review for If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, I had some mixed thoughts because it sounds like every other Halsey album, but with more rock music. As a Halsey fan, I was a little disappointed upon first hearing this album.

I still would not listen to the songs from the album regularly, but I appreciate this album much more after the movie.

The movie was a Victorian-renaissance theme and the costumes were gorgeous, which makes sense because the costume designer was Law Roach. As for the movie itself, it was beautifully filmed and had great direction from Colin Tilley.

Spoilers ahead:

The movie revolves around a woman, Halsey, who secretly kills her husband, who is the King and is followed around by darkness. Halsey then takes the throne as a pregnant Queen, but when suspicion falls that she killed the King, she is sentenced to death and will only live if she gives birth to a boy. She ends up giving birth to a girl and is executed. Once she is executed, darkness takes over and she becomes, what seems like an angel, darkness, or even Satan itself.

The songs worked well with the different scenes, and everything gelled together for the movie. The movie made sense and had an overall concept and purpose. If you have an hour to spare and love the album, then you will love the movie album.

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