If there’s been one complaint about this era’s videos that have been criticized it’s Britney Spears’ lack of dancing. So, after being picked on with her less-than-impressive toy soldier stomping in “Hold It Against Me” and after making some improvements in “Till The World Ends” but going through a bit of controversy over whether she or her body double was dancing, she decided to go for the laughs with “I Wanna Go.”
It’s all a bit of a fantasy. You have Britney opening the video by taking some questions from the paparazzi. And seriously, this is probably the most I think we’ve heard Britney speak in months. “F*ck you, f*ck you, you’re cool, f*ck you–I’m out!” she proclaims, a line I’m sure that’s taken straight from her real life about checking out of her career and performances (ahem, Billboard Music Awards anyone?). From here we’re treated to a bit of a fantasy (like the product placement reference to her perfume?) where she stars as Avril Lavigne taking on Terminator-like paparazzi.
Now, for the bitchy nit-picky comments: It’s a dance song, but there’s absolutely no choreography. It’s okay, we kinda know from her past few live performances that she’s a bit over learning choreography that involves moving to a rhythm. And when she enters into her fantasy, she goes from looking kinda fresh to a bit expired and old.
That being said, let’s talk about the good things going on in this video. Finally, a fun, light-hearted Britney willing to make fun of herself! The video is full of amusing moments; her flashing a father and son; going Xena: Warrior Princess on the paparazzi with her microphone, showing some skin and her newly-toned up body (thanks to training for her Femme Fatale tour). My favorite part outside the microphone smackdown was probably the pat-down. Gurl can actually move to the beat again! Let’s be honest: this video was probably the most animated we’ve seen Britney in a video since her literal animated appearance in the anime-inspired Break the Ice.
What do you think of Brit-Brit’s new video? Does this seal the deal of her comeback? I feel like it does. Poor Lady GaGa stayed up to watch the video as well. If you missed it, Lady GaGa’s Twitter response was to post a photo of scenes from her past videos in all black and white. Hm, me thinks she’s a bit sore over the lackluster response to that dreadful Sesame Street-at-Night inspired video for Edge of Glory. Hopefully Mother Monster will watch and learn a few things about making music videos that actually don’t suck and aren’t dark and gloomy from the real Pop Princess.