Sunday, February 11, 2007

Video Review: Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around..."

So I finally caught Justin Timberlake's new video for "What Goes Around..." - the one with Scarlett Johansson. My thoughts are below the video clip.

Has anyone else been finding Justin more and more annoying lately? Because I'll be honest, he's been bugging me and this video just adds to it. Don't get me wrong, I think he is an extremely talented musician, but I just don't buy him as an actor.

I'll admit, I didn't see Alpha Dog but I wasn't too impressed with the clips I've seen (although the reviews didn't seem too bad). And I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I actually was curious to see his acting ability with such heavyweights like Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey, so I rented his direct to video movie, Edison. I can't remember all the details but I think he played this up and up coming reporter that uncovers some big crime thing. I had high hopes but I didn't believe him in that role for a second.

Lots of musicians have shown they have acting chops - Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Mark Wahlberg, Will Smith, and more - but I've yet to see anything from Justin that puts him in their league. Well, at least from a dramatic perspective, because he does always rock when he hosts SNL (hee, hee).

But I digress... back to the video. I think it would have been a million times better if they had cut out all the dialogue portions completely. It just came off as super cheesy. They could have still told the story with just their scenes set to the song.

And what's his point with the story? That Scarlett's character deserves to be in a serious car crash (a potentially fatal one!) just because she cheated on her man with his friend??? That's weak.

4 fascinating comment(s) from my friends:

Dan Masquelier said...

Alpha Dog actually changed my view on him from stereotypical ex-boy-band front man to surprisingly-talented-actor-ex-boy-band front man.

If you haven't seen it yet, I highly suggest you do. Sweet blog you're running here BTW. Take care.

Amanda said...

Justin IS getting annoying. A few months ago I was commenting to myself how I really thought he was doing well. Really impressed with his new music and how catchy it was and such. Now, he's just plain annoying and full of himself. He's not really even cute. He can do some moves but blah...he should be like Usher and get a six pack to go along with those moves. :)

ps - the video face cam was HORRIBLE on the Grammy's

audgepodge said...

Thanks for the compliment, Dan! Maybe I'll give Justin another chance... he has another movie coming up, Black Snake Moan, with Christina Ricci and Samuel L. Jackson. (Although I'm not sure if that's really my cup of tea based on the website and movie description: A blues guitarist abandoned by his wife tries to redeem the soul of a girl addicted to sex in a rural town.)

Amanda - I agree... little too full of himself lately. And I'm glad you noticed the horror of the video face cam, too! (heehee)

John said...

JT is bringing sexy back. Don't hate.