Video Review: Bruno Mars "That's What I Like"

Against the pale blue background, Bruno Mars dances, his feet springing animated white sparks. As he shimmies from left to right, a drawn skyscraper from Manhattan is next to him. It’s buildings bounce with him. It enlarges and pops, disappearing.

While he moves his arms, circles pop and sparks emit from his feet and hands. He swings his arms and palm trees appear, twisting with his body and then disappear against the slate background. A bib is drawn around his neck, with a red lobster in the middle. He rips it off and tosses it.

Dollar bills fall out from his hands. Then, four wheels appear from the left and right of him. He mimes driving it wheel as the wheels stop and speed up. They drive off the screen.

Moving from the pale blue background to a navy blue, sparks emit from all over his body. A champagne glass is drawn into his hand. The screen lightens again as a diamond bounces and breaks into several pieces. The screen darkens while he bends and then is nearly pitch black. He holds the leash of a horse while the sun shines. The horse pulls him and he lets go.

The screen lightens again and the changes to pitch black again as the Eiffel Tower is drawn on the screen. He carries two shopping bags. With his fingers, he sketches the image of a frame, which appears to the left of him.  He looks to three male figures, dancing alongside him.

The screen lightens as he jumps. Sparks emit from him and the screen darkens as he pours liquor onto the floor. Rings are on all his fingers. The screen blackens as rain pours sideways and then brightens to the navy blue. Waves are all over his body. He slides backwards off the screen.

Rating: 4.5/5

The animation enhances Bruno Mars’ dancing, solidifying each snap and bend. With each spark, Mars’ steps seem loud and though they are scratching the surface to create fire. The short, consistent steps leave Mars in constant movement. It also elongates his limbs as he bends, creating a flexibility to his moves.

The minimalism keeps the focus on Mars. However, the animation interjects with its own tongue-in-cheek commentary. The lobster bib hints at Mars’ messiness while the horse nearly trips him. Lively trees and skyscrapers are determined to upstage him.

Directors: Bruno Mars & Jonathan Lia  Year: 2017

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