Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Born This Way - Video Review

It's no secret that "Born This Way" makes me want to pierce my eardrums with a rusty knitting needle. I intensely dislike the song and was kind of hoping to hate the video, so I could throw away my monster membership card and jump on the anti-Gaga bandwagon. But against all odds, I like it. The seven and a half minute extravaganza doesn't scale the same dizzying heights as "Paparazzi" or "Telephone" but I finally get the Klingon-tastic face implants and low rent sex shop clothing. "Born This Way" is as pretentious as you've come to expect from Gaga but at a time when Ri-Cycle and Zombie Spears either blatantly steal or walk through their videos in a medicated haze, the fame monster deserves credit for taking the medium seriously. Her transformation into the new Ziggy Stardust is almost complete - albeit with shit music stolen from Madonna.

The Nick Knight directed clip begins with a unicorn - clearly borrowed from Ke$ha's vastly superior "Blow" video - before moving on to the unseemly sight of Lady Gaga giving birth, while reciting her monster manifesto. I love the gloomy score and influence of B grade horror movies, so I'm willing to overlook the cringeworthy speech about mitosis and the multiverse. Whatever. Mother monster could have just cut the crap and said "this shit is about the age old battle between good and evil - and includes lots of big words to make me sound intelligent" but that would have been too easy. The script might be painful but it's hard to fault the costumes, make up and special effects. I particularly like the birth of evil, with its translucent exoskeleton imagery and machine gun straddling.

From then on, the mood lightens and the demented diva finally allows herself a bit of fun. There is some clever choreography in black leather lingerie and my favourite scene, where Gaga hangs out with heavily tattooed model Rick Genest - dressed in a tux, with a pink wig and full skeleton make up. It's the prettiest she's looked in years! The not particularly subtle vaginal imagery also amuses me. It's a rather lazy metaphor for creation but I'm a sucker for an old fashioned shock tactic and the visuals remind of 80s Cronenberg. The finale, which I interpret as a homage to Michael Jackson's iconic "Thriller" video, is surprisingly cute. By the end of the clip, I had forgotten I was listening to one of the worst songs of 2011. Which, if nothing else, is a reason to celebrate. All is not forgiven but I'm interested to see where Lady Gaga takes us next.

18 comments:

Ritzy Ritz said...

By the end of the clip, I had forgotten I was listening to one of the worst songs of 2011.

THE best review to this crappy song!!
yes, the song sucks, but the video's interesting !!

Jordan said...

In 20 years, I wonder if the machine gun will top E!'s countdown of "101 Strangest Objects Pulled From Gaga's Vagina"...

Matt said...

it scares me....

Anthony said...

I sincerely hope you're not serious with "clearly borrowed from Ke$ha's vastly superior "Blow" video." Gaga and unicorns go back to 2010 when she announced the title for the new song/album. "Born This Way" even began filming before "Blow" was put out. Let's do a little bit of research next time.

tommie said...

Blah. Ke$ha's video is so much better than this shit. I still hope Hagtrogga sues this bitch for royalties!

Terre said...

Its a good vid but doesnt suit the song at all. Bored.

bomitoni said...

I wonder how may hits of acid she took when coming up w/ this video? Ke$ha does it better! Could that be the new Dannii does it better?

Mike said...

Ke$ha > Gaga = FACT

Bitches just need to deal.

Anonymous said...

How could Gaga have stolen the Unicorn?! As said earlier in the comments gaga had the unicorn tat for MONTHS now, plus the Ke$ha video came out two DAYS prior to this video. Clearly Gaga didn't see that video prior to shooting. Also, ENOUGH with the comparisons. Influences are okay and acceptable. I'm sick of people comparing and bashing everything Gaga does. Maybe is RERE or K$ actually studied what they did or spent time to plan out their fame, they would have influences too. Instead they just feed into the hyper-commercialism and eat whatever their management feeds them. This video is amazing. If you want to discuss, I'd love to, just stop saying things that don't make sense, like Gaga stole the unicorn idea from Ke$ha. Do some research pop critics

Me said...

So not only is CaCa StefFANNY CRAPalotta ripping off every femal diva EVER, she is also ripping off Belgian Electro Gods Goose!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7c0cRgSILYI

Anonymous said...

It's not a music from a crappy B-movies, it's an introduction to Hitchcock's "Vertigo"!

Mike said...

Goose <3

I said I loved the gloomy score. I was referring to the aesthetic of the video - not the score - when I wrote about the influence of B grade horror. I didn't realise it was from Vertigo though. Thanks for the heads up.

And LOL at unicorn-gate.

Mother Monster said...

I love the way people are going on about how she is copying other artists such as madonna , Michael Jackson etc ... People should really brush up in reasons behind artists video making before coming out with what I can only say is complete and utter shit. If the people who on this thread are slagging off gaga if you actually bothered before running off at the mouth and once again talking a load of bollox for this video gaga purposly pulled off the madonna lookalike to shove it in the faces of you complete retards that's say she is copying this and copying that she even mentions it in one interview with Pierse Morgan. Do you honestly think that an artist like gaga would start off as well as she did have an album that went bloody diamond and that's sells out concerts all over the world PURPOSLY reverts to copying an out dated popstar ? Get a grip seriously .... The people of today try and find any fault with a global phenomenon it's pathetic .... Dont like her / what she does then don't f&£@&ng watch her ... Simple

Justin said...

Who let the Gaga loon out?

bomitoni said...

Mother Monster, please go back up Tranny Gaga's ass. Thank you.

Matt said...

Will you get off Ke$ha's dick? In twenty years, the only time she'll be thought of is when people watch the latest season of Celebrity Rehab. Both GaGa and Ke$ha are garbage

Anonymous said...

Its neither a shitty stolen song from Madonna nor is the unicorn stolen from Kesha(suxx) for Lady gaga came up with the Unicorn idea like a year ago... Gaga is at the moment the only artist in pop music writing, producing and singing her songs by herself (no autotune # she sings LIVE!) + her visuals and asthetics are thougth through till the smallest extra - so if u dont like her or her music just shut the f*** up and try wasting ur time rather with sth u like and praise instead of critique ... It's nerver wrong to love, but always wrong to hate - LG

Anonymous said...

I don't mind both artists and if you people didn't realise artists have been copying each other for an extremely long time... And if Kesha met any of you in the street I don't think she'd give a shite about any of you like most celebrities.