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ok. I’m pretty sure I’m one of the only people whose initial reaction to Jason Sudekis, Will Forte, Jason Bateman, and Ed Helms acting in the new Mumford & Sons video is disappointment.
let me try to explain why.
I’ve always held the actors involved (who are pretty hysterical, especially when bringing smart humor) in high regard. I DEFINITELY hold Marcus & The Boys in high regard – seeing them whenever I can in the past two years, and loving every little bit of acousticness and harmony they bring to the stage, even accidentally buying the new album, “Babel,” twice because I was so excited to hear it.
When I saw the video, for one of my fave Mumford songs, “Hopeless Wanderer,” (linked here) I was psyched! I think it’s a great idea to have actors play the musicians in videos, and has been done exceptionally well before (check out RDJ’s lip-syncing of Elton John’s “I Want Love” here). It adds a different layer of fun and frivolity. AND the first half a minute or so is brilliant, when because of lighting flares, etc, you can’t REALLY tell who the band is.
And then they go for the gutter.
It upsets me that everyone involved decided halfway through to turn off their brains and turn the video into the teenage-boy equivalent of “funny.” I put that in quotes, because they turned this video into a big “gay joke.” The actors, who have proven they can be and have gotten famous by being intelligently funny, went for the “oh, look, two guys kissing – that’s a JOKE!” “oh look – let’s make out cause its a JOKE.”
It makes me sad that seemingly intelligent comedians and musicians can take some idea as awesome as this and halfway through stop thinking. It’s like when a 7th grader makes a project that is great for a minute and then for minutes 2, 3, 4, and 5 are just beating each other up because they think it’s funny.
This had such great possibilities. And then the low-brow humor that reeks of homophobia and disrespect. If there was something in the video storyline that followed up with two men kissing, great. awesome. that COULD have been groundbreaking!
But it was for a crass unintelligent guffaw, that I saw coming and looked away.
And honestly, I expected better.