Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Britney Spears - "Criminal" (Music Video Review)

Are you ready for the most entertaining Britney Spears video since "Toxic?"

For Spears' newest video, for surprise fourth single "Criminal," the midtempo closer off Femme Fatale, Britney and "I Wanna Go" director Chris Marrs Piliero have gone back to the Oops!... I Did It Again era that comes rushing into the song's middle eight like a fond memory. Everything from the closeups of the lovelorn, raised-eyebrow Spears to the emphasis on the boobs (fake? real? Who cares anymore!?) to the acting (Britney is a great comic actor who should do more with it) to the hunkalicious, if slightly older-looking (with clothes on) man-candy, this time played by real boytoy Jason Trawick.
The opening scene is as over-the-top as the climactic Bonnie & Clyde scene is oddly compelling and, blast it, kind of romantic, and everything in the middle is pure 2000 Britney Spears. Except she's older, sexier, and BACK.

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