Well, I’m not a fan of football (I maybe watch one game a year, the Super Bowl) but that was a fun one to watch. The Patriots got spanked hard by the Eagles, 41-33 (but it was tight, right up to the end) plus, you got all those great commercials (Tide won the night, if you ask me.) hot guys on the field AND celebs in the private boxes (Hi, Bradley Cooper & Jlo) And then there’s Justin Timberlake‘s halftime show. I like him and I liked it fine (it’s FREE, kids!) But plenty of people are still mad at him about Nipplegate and now they’re saying his Prince tribute was awful and the show was boring.
Dominic Patten at Deadline said,
“Timberlake’s white piano rendition of Prince’s I Would Die 4 U with piped in vocals and video on a fluttered sheet from the maestro was a grotesque manhandling of a great American artist… the use of the 2007 Super Bowl halftimer’s voice and image was also at best a trickster’s self serving sleight of hand.
Otherwise, similar to last year’s halftime show by Lady Gaga, Timberlake bloodlessly engineered all the slick professionalism required to Super Bowl LII but not much more…. the Stella McCartney cameo clad Timberlake’s well choreographed offerings had mere dribbles of the soul that Prince poured out seemingly effortlessly during his Super Bowl XLI extravaganza.“
Ouch. That smarts.
In the New Yorker today, Amanda Petrusich thought Timberlake might finish with Mirrors, as he did. According to her, it’s all about the selfie.
“But there was no escaping Can’t Stop the Feeling!, the psychotically chipper single he wrote for the film “Trolls.” As dancers flooded the field, Timberlake eventually made his way into the stands. He cajoled a child into filming a cell-phone video with him. Many more phones turned in his direction. For someone so aware of the way news travels now, his performance was oddly benign—expert, sure (in his decades of pop stardom, Timberlake has never been anything less than expert), but eerily un-self-aware. In 2018, eyeballs do not necessarily equal adulation. It seems fitting that the last thing Timberlake said, before sprinting away, his forehead glinting, was “Super Bowl selfies!” In the end, that was all that mattered.“
That 13 year-old Ryan McKenna snapped a selfie with JT after he went into the stands near the end of the show. McKenna looking distracted on his phone started trending on Twitter.
McKenna “didn’t really know” the Timberlake pic was going to happen…
“He just came up, and I just, like, jumped right in there with him. And he stopped right in our row so it was perfect. I love him because he’s like my favorite singer, and I just had to get a selfie with him.“
So, he’s good with social media. But his new album, Man of the Woods is getting panned by most critics. However, Rolling Stone liked it and gave it 3 1/2 stars and Variety said if you can get past the marketing,
“It’s hard to imagine anyone who ever liked Timberlake not having a blast for most of the duration of Man of the Woods.“
Others were not so kind. Pitchfork was so annoyed they put his entire career on trial,
“It’s remarkable how few ideas are contained within this hour-plus Blue Ridge Mountains mood board of an album. Man of the Woods is a misstep large enough to merit relitigating Justin Timberlake’s status as a pop superstar. How much of his career should we chalk up to fortune, privilege, and an essential malleability?“
Stereogum didn’t like it either.
“Man Of The Woods plays as an hour-long contented sigh, a born-entertainer cheeseball doing his very best to make his transition into rural-dad middle age.“
Well, you can see his halftime show below and judge for yourself, Judy. Tell us what you think on our Facebook.
(Photos, YouTube; via USA Today)