Joined: Feb. 2000
||Posted: Feb. 10 2014, 20:32
When I first saw the video over the weekend, I laughed out loud, truly hoping it was the wrong one. I can’t say that the song behind the video captivates me, i.e., if it came up via iPod shuffle, I’d skip it, but I hoped the video would rescue it…that it would be creative, fun, and engaging. Well, the fun is there as in funny, but I don’t see much creativity and I'm not engaged. There isn’t any story to it—not that there necessary needs to be—but IMHO it would have helped. As it stands, my youngest daughter could have done a better job at shooting before she learned anything about photography. It looked very homemade and low/no budget. There were other components that annoyed me:
Attire: Mike is attired perfectly for the beach environment. Luke is <delete, delete, delete, delete, delete>..... over-dressed. Nobody goes to the beach or casually sailing dressed like that. OK—I did once. Oops. He’s such a cutie—he didn’t need all that stuff … those props. Bare feet, rolled up jeans, and a white, sleeveless shirt against his black hair would have looked awesome. Show off those tats!
Boat: Sailing to me connotes a sailboat, clipper, yacht, etc.—not a motor boat tooling along fast enough to pull a water skier. Maybe Mike as Captain could have been pulling Luke on water skis or a tube—that would have been fun and in the spirit of the thing. BTW....was Luke throwing up over the side toward the end and Mike smirking?
Mike and Luke: They sure make the oddest couple in some of those scenes. There again, it has the feel of a homemade video with Luke all dressed up, popping ‘round for a jam and “oh…..I know....let’s make a video!”
So….what could they have done instead? I figure that they got exactly what they were looking for—something fun and light. It was only missing the Bahama Mamas or Pina Coladas. But....here are some alternatives from the parallel universe vault:
They could have borrowed the Black Pearl , Dawn Treader, HMS Beagle ("explooorrinnng.....explooorrrinnnggg"), or the Jolly Roger! Considering the theme of the song, probably better to not have women around, but they could have included a bunch of guys on an adventure….it would have been nice to have told a story. They could have gone sailing through the Milky Way; there could have been mer people waving to them. Do they have sunsets in the Bahamas? The light might have been kinder to Mike. And sunsets are pretty. My final beef for the moment is that Mike is playing an acoustic guitar while an electric riff is screaming. Couldn’t the guitar have been synced a bit better? And…where is Mike’s backup band? Now THAT would have been a merry crew to bring together for a sailing outing through the stars with Luke and Mike!
Sorry that this review isn’t “Rah rah go Mike,” but with the technology of the 21st century and all of those creative minds involved in the project, I expected to be able to say, “WOW!!” not “HAHAHAHAHA” or "WTF????" <goes in search of a pina colada>
"No such thing as destiny; only choices exist." From: Moongarden's "Solaris."