...but do we really need to see it in a Westlife clip?
We haven't seen a patented Westlife 'video with story' since... oh... Tonight. Nope, since then they've been too preoccupied with photocopiers, exploding televisions and corpses... oops, I mean Diana Ross.
The Rose is the return to the good old 'video with story', but it's a shame that this is the return. There's not nearly enough Westlife, and the Westlife that's there look incredibly bored and boring on their black and white chequered floor. It's like they've been shrunk down to the size of mice in the middle of someone's daggy 70s-style kitchen.
Unfortunately, the story did have a lot of potential, which makes it all the more disappointing. It's right out of the worst sort of Richard Curtis rip off and is about... a wedding. That's it. Bride hugs maid of honour, groom hugs best man, cute little girl holds up a flower, they get married, they dance at the reception. It's cliche to the point of being sickening.
The potential comes in when all the hugging's going on. There's a split moment where you think 'ooh! groom's gonna run off with his mate!' and while that may seem the ranting of a faghag dyke, the way the bride was hugging her friend was just as suggestive and would have made for a brilliant video - The Rose after all, is about the kind of love that brings you alive - and wouldn't it have been perfect if they'd discovered that the ones they'd really loved had been there all along? Not to mention being much more interesting and inclusive.
I'd rather watch the Seasons In The Sun clip again.
But you may watch this video if you feel up to it:
The Rose official video Westlife