Friday, May 11, 2007

The Road Just Rolls Out Behind Me: Mandy Moore "Extraordinary"


Mandy Moore "Extraordinary"

dir. by Ace Norton

Pop star Moore attempts to tweak her image by hiring indie-ish director Norton to give her the "down-to-earth" treatment. Though in order to make Ms. Moore a more likeable and relatable star, the director puts her up in the clouds - piling numerous versions of the the A Walk to Remember star up towards the sun. There's actually a considerable lack of sunlight in this gloomy town that Moore rises above, and perhaps her various talents will bring new warmth to the city once she jumps into her dreams - but the lackluster sky remains until the very end.

What is clear is Moore's attempt to juggle numerous personalities, skills and appearances at once - even if none of them ever represented who she truly was. She realizes this at the conclusion, once she has built a tower of pressures and obligations beneath her. She floats down feeling weightless and free for the first time - apparently no longer tied to concerns of popular image, and ready to display her true "extraordinary" quality.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

great song...video is hot too! go mandy!

The Count said...

What was with the Le Ballon Rouge reference?

Rebecca said...

That video was just a bunch of fluff, better than what most female artists put-out now adays, but I can't really say I'm too impressed.

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