Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience is built perfectly for long form video treatment with seven songs over seven minutes long. In the just-dropped visuals for “Mirrors” takes advantage of the time to tell the story of a couple in the throes of a life-long romance.
Their tale begins in a 1950s pool hall, where the romance ignites, and proceeds through marriage, love’s inevitable ups and downs, and finally through the heartbreak of old age. Mister Timberlake doesn’t appear in the video until the 5:11 when our female lover, having been made a widow by the departure of her husband, drops her wedding ring and JT, standing in a room full of women and mirrors, catches it.
This ring drop/catch marks the video’s transition from a beautiful and beautiful love story to Justin Timberlake hair and clothing porn: Whoever did JT’s hair styling deserves a prize and a pat on the back and whoever dressed him in a black Tom Ford turtleneck and topcoat and paired them with steel-toed Christian Louboutins likewise deserves a prize and a pat on the back.
Audio Sampling Note: The beatbox-mouth-sound/drums and rhythm that the track’s producer, Timbaland, uses from 0:30 to 5:04 is super-duper similar to JT’s “Cry Me a River” and, as one of our videographer’s notes, the repeated refrain “It’s like you’re my mirror” is hella similar to “Cry me a river”. It’s not stealing if your sample your own song, right?
Product Placement Note: It’s unclear how a guy who shoots pool in a dive bar could afford a Swarofski wedding ring, but hey, what’s a romance without diamonds.
Buy the Justin Timberlake’s whole The 20/20 Experience on iTunes here.