By Michael Steinkirchner
If you are anything like me, you couldn’t get enough of the star-studded supervideo for Best Coast’s “Our Deal.” Where else can you find “Arrested Development’s” Alia Shawkat and actor/comedian/rapper Donald Glover in a cleverly choreographed break-dancing gang war? Well for starters, in the extended version released today - and it does not disappoint.
Clocking in at ten minutes (a full six minutes longer than the original), the Drew Barrymore-directed video contains fresh dialogue from the convincingly fierce Shawkat, as well as a cutesy montage of “Teen Wolf’s” Tyler Posey and “Kick-Ass” star Chloe Moretz putting aside their differences in the name of infatuation ... err true love.
Also featured are extended scenes depicting Nickelodeon’s Miranda Cosgrove ("iCarly") being accosted by a rival graffiti gang and a short-but-humorous cameo from none other than Best Coast singer Bethany Cosentino, rolling dice in the street alongside Barrymore. And if that wasn’t enough, excerpts from additional Best Coast material have been added to story, which no doubt acts as a welcome plug for their debut album, Crazy For You.
Even the stars of the video are excited about the final result. “How cool is that supervideo!” exclaimed Tyler Posey. “I can’t stop watching it. Drew Barrymore is the coolest chick ever! Chloe Moretz is the coolest chick ever!”
Moretz, barely 14 years old, brought an impressively mature edge to the video and her pairing with Posey provided the perfect balance of chemistry and charisma. While Barrymore’s directing skills may be the most prominently touted facet of “Our Deal,” it is the acting potential of Posey/Moretz that carries the video from start to finish.
Yet when asked whether he had received offers for more music videos, Posey admitted, “No. I think just because it’s so new, that not that many people have seen it yet, but maybe down the line who knows? I’m really proud of how it turned out; I think it’s really good.”
Stylistic homage’s aside, a dedicated and in-depth performance is given by both protagonists, who (even in the extended cut) are restricted to little more than subtle body language and facial expressions to breathe convincing life into an age-old tale of misfortunate love. Nowhere along the way does “Our Deal” feel like a half-assed re-hash, the all-too-common error of most contemporary cinematic pieces. It stands as a refreshing example of how the conceptual video revolution that started with Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and “Bad” is alive and well today. If “Our Deal” proves anything, it is that you can never underestimate the mass appeal of a dancing street gang, even if the werewolf isn’t always included.