The Philadelphia Eagles managed to repel the New England Patriots in a nail-biting Super Bowl. In contrast to the undeniably emotional and exciting contest, the halftime show sparkled in some aspects, but fell remarkably flat in others.
The main criticisms of performer Justin Timberlake included his use of slow music and his use of technology to honor the legendary musician Prince. On the other hand, Timberlake nailed both the choreographic and visual aspects of the show.
Of course, this is hardly the first time Timberlake has been at the center of halftime show controversy. I’m certain I don’t need to outline the moment with Janet Jackson in 2004.
Oh JT, what have you done this time? While he played the piano, a projection of Prince came into view. Awesome – everyone loves Prince, and this should be a great moment in Super Bowl history. Unfortunately, the problem is that Prince was once quoted saying that he’s opposed to using technology to fuse music from different eras. For disrespecting the late artist’s wishes, Timberlake and the halftime show creative team received an intense magnitude of backlash, especially from diehard Prince fans.
In my opinion, the show still had some incredibly “high” moments. I’m still laughing from when Timberlake took a picture with a fan, only to announce on this microphone quirkily, “Super Bowl selfies!” I have to praise the interactivity of this moment. Also, from a purely aesthetic point of view, the countless beams of light and the use of hundreds of handheld mirrors created a dazzling effect. After all, this is Justin Timberlake, the eternal performer, so we shouldn’t be too surprised with the light show or the cool dance moves he whipped out.
Timberlake ran though his hits including “Sexy Back” and “Rock Your Body.” Somehow, they didn’t quite meet the high expectations of viewers around the world. These are excellent songs, but their execution felt less exciting than usual. However, when Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling” eventually came around, it was a breath of fresh air.
Perhaps his show couldn’t live with the comparison to Lady Gaga’s explosive halftime performance last year. After all, the eccentric singer twirled high in the air via wires!
Her show concluded with an exhilarating, one thousand mile per hour performance of “Bad Romance” with fireworks blasting off in the background. In any case, Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake are top performers both worthy of trying to light up a stadium with the greatest of expectations.
By Kishan Patel