Macklemore pays his grandma Helen a surprise visit for her 100th birthday, promising that they can do whatever they want. And even though that set-up would lend itself to easy laughs — and, yes, a male stripper does show up at one point — Macklemore and Grandma are more interesting in tugging those heartstrings.
What seems to be a sweet science meets sweet love story based around Ed Sheeran falling for his sparring partner, takes a brief turn toward serious Rocky training montage for an epic match, before veering all the way left to show Sheeran's humor is as strong as ever.
Time's arrow, love's arrow, fate's arrow... Sometimes they hit their target, sometimes they don't. Fences gets a bullseye, however, with a winning track that gets taken to the next level thanks to contributions by old friends Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis. The video is a similarly big affair, filled with multiple set pieces where arrows fling out in all directions as Fences finds his way and Macklemore tries to balance his love with the pitfalls of fame.