Thursday, 8 September 2011

Goodwin's analysis of Justin Timberlake's 'Cry me a river'

Genre: The genre of the song is pop/R&B as we can tell by the beat and as he is a well known artist with this specific genre. 
Visuals and Lyrics:
We can see there is a relationship between the lyrics and the visuals as the song lyrics describe his break up with his ex-girlfriend, the whole video is showing the artist getting revenge on his ex-girlfriend. 
The second screengrab shows the video being played on his ex-girlfriends television, so that she will see it when she comes out of the shower. This image could be amplifying the underlying story line, of the artist getting revenge on his ex-girlfriend. 

Music and lyrics:
Also in this screen grab there is a link between the music and the the lyrics. This is towards the end of the song, in which there is a sound of a song skipping and the noise is continuously repeated,. This links in with the video of the artist and the brunette woman kissing, as it is also skipping.
Setting and costumes:
This music video is a narrative and the genre is classed as pop/R&B. The setting is linked with the lyrics and narrative of the song. As it is about the artist getting revenge on his ex-girlfriend, it is set at her house as we find out at the beginning of the video. 
The costumes shown in these screengrabs (on the left) are of the 3 main characters in the music video. The picture of the artist, on the left, shows that he is wearing all black. Denim jeans, a black hooded zip top, a leather jacket and black shoes. He is in all black which suggests that he does not want to be seen, or rather blend in. 
The picture on the far right is of the brunette woman, who came to record a video of her and the artist kissing. In this shot we can see she has taken some of her clothes off, and is sitting on him wearing her bra and jeans. This suggests she could be a stripper as she has no care that he is merely using her. 
The screengrab at the bottom of the three is of the ex-girlfriend in the video. She has been made to look like Britney Spears, because the male artist, Justin Timberlake, had recently broken up with her because he found out she cheated on him. We know this video is about the artist getting revenge on his Ex, which is why she is made to look like Britney. We can see she is wearing a hat and clearly has blonde hair which is what Britney use to wear.
The main artist, close ups:
There are many close ups in this song, as they are required by the record company to keep the artist or get the artist well established. Justin Timberlake was quite young at this time (2002) and was becoming quite big within the music industry. 
There are 6 different close ups here that I've chosen throughout the video. There are obviously many more but these are the ones I picked out because, they are all in different locations which shows that there are a considerable amount of close ups as they are in different locations. 

These 4 shots show voyeurism towards the artist's ex-girlfriend in the music video. 

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