Katy Perry’s Last Friday Night (TGIF) video had premiered just days before to audiences (in numbers exceeding 16 million) who devoured the feel-good, ugly-duckling-turns-into-a-swan (and back), Kenny G, Rebecca Black (!), and Glee cast member cameos, friday night power anthem. I guess most guys can’t refuse the so tight it hurts to look at mini skirt she sported for the majority of the vid.
But this is not about Katy! I already panned her E.T. video in an earlier review!
But it was a great video, and cut out Gaga’s work for her.
Gaga didn’t deliver.
I hate to give Gaga a bad review, so I won’t. But I will give her a mediocre one.
The video opens to pink smoke or steam or carbon monoxide flowing from beyond a quintessentially New York City street corner and window. Enter Lady Gaga, who’s sporting a very 1980’s style jacket and a studded leotard creation that would be rather difficult to get through airport security. She starts dancing around a fire escape. Alright, I get it, the edge of a building = the edge of glory.
The dry ice is still flowing as Gaga continues to prance around a very small set. I’m still wondering how she squeezed herself into that leather number when the video gets a little trashy. I feel like I’m watching a striptease that’s in a movie they had to keep PG-13 so they told the girl not pull out all the stops. But, I swear, one more pelvic thrust…
Most distracting of all is the hair she flings in front of her face. I’m patiently waiting for her to wipe it out of her eyes. The wipe never comes. And her hair looks kind of like an Oreo.
Here’s where the review gets good: it’s an amazing song. She didn’t need a lot of theatrics for the video, and she recognized that. The song is supposed to be classic and powerful standing on its own, and a video like Born This Way or Poker Face would have been too much.
But it is Gaga, and I’d like to see more.
Final verdict: Not as raunchy as Beautiful, Dirty, Rich; not as creative as Paparazzi; better than Born This Way; a bit boring; great makeup design in keeping it with the album cover.