Rss Feed
Tweeter button
Facebook button
Reddit button
Myspace button
Linkedin button
Webonews button
Delicious button
Digg button
Flickr button
Stumbleupon button
Newsvine button
Youtube button

Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl Halftime Show: Review Revue

e7ef1413414cdb4f505d3232a814c3a9 Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl Halftime Show: Review Revue

Bruno Mars drum-soloed, stutter-stepped and sang his way through the Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show on Sunday (February 2) for an invigorating, if predictable, 15 minutes of retro-tinged (and, in the case of that Red Hot Chili Peppers cameo, legitimately retro) entertainment. It was a master class in pop class, and while it didn’t give us a “shocking” moment to pretend to care about for the next week, it also didn’t bore us. After Nipplegate and Miley’s twerking and Kanye’s rants, it’s kind of refreshing to see a solid performance, enjoy it in the moment and then not have to think about it ever again.

That’s our take, at least. As for the rest of the Web, the consensus seems to be that Mars turned in a workmanlike performance, that his vocals were live and that RHCP’s presence was a little befuddling. Head below for the roundup of reviews.

:: Entertainment Weekly called it ”a polished, shiny set oddly interrupted for a moment by shirtless 50-year-olds… It wouldn’t be inaccurate to describe the set as flawless. Memorable? Maybe less so.”

:: Buzzfeed was dazzled, highlighting Bruno’s drumming and dancing, but their final judgment was levied thusly: “Was it as good as Beyoncé last year? Oh, ha, no. Of course not!”

:: Vulture also couldn’t avoid comparing it to Bey, asking, “So did Bruno Mars do his Super Bowl predecessor justice? And is it even fair to compare the two?” The site concluded, “Mars played by the rules, checked all the boxes and undoubtedly caused quite a few Americans to log on to iTunes to purchase his album, Unorthodox Jukebox. But will we still be talking about it tomorrow, let alone in 2015? Not likely.”

:: MTV felt Mars delivered: “With his broken-ankle James Brown footwork and splits, the Elvis Pompadour and the GIF-worthy swagger, Mars looked the part of a stadium-rocker.”

:: E! felt he “killed it” and “held his own” compared to Bey’s spectacle.

:: Variety posited, “Though it lacked the Olympian heft of Beyonce’s stand last year, or the sheer spectacle and requisite FCC-trolling of Madonna’s pageantry the year previous, Mars relied on a lot of flash, a hefty dose of Famous Flames-style stagecraft, and a requisite hat tip to the military for a winningly unprepossessing performance.”

:: The L.A. Times made the unavoidable Beyonce comparison as well. “Was it hopelessly retro compared to Beyoncé’s bold electro-pop display? Sure. But with its live-wire electricity, the performance didn’t feel that way. Or at least it didn’t until Red Hot Chili Peppers showed up.”

:: USA Today, though, was not impressed. “The Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show was a wholly unspectacular production that will join Tom Petty and The Who in the annals of instantly-forgettable halftime entertainment.”

What did you think of Bruno’s halftime special? Let us know below, or by hitting us up on Facebook and Twitter.

 

You might also like

0b7bf6cf236d9f6e94caa0af2ef3df33 Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl Halftime Show: Review RevueBruno Mars Performing At Super Bowl XLVIII (VIDEO)
The football season may have just started but the Super Bowl XLVIII in February has...
bf648058da81a37051b83df0ba3196de Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl Halftime Show: Review RevueBruno Mars’ Super Bowl Halftime Show Tops Beyonce, Madonna For Record Number Of Viewers
Bruno Mars‘ Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show on February 2 brought in the largest...
fd76b707456dbba4c47d9260e7be97be Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl Halftime Show: Review RevueBruno Mars Set To Perform At Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show
Bruno Mars will perform at the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show on February 2, according...
b46e50a36c816076e717ee822cf63b64 Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl Halftime Show: Review RevueRed Hot Chili Peppers Will Join Bruno Mars At Super Bowl Halftime Show
Bruno Mars interrupted FOX’s January 11 football broadcast (above) to talk...
You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Leave a Reply