Band: Mumford & Sons
Song: Hopeless Wanderer
Director: Sam Jones
Cast of Sons: Ed Helms, Will Forte, Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis
We at LxL have done our lion’s share of Mumford & Sons bashing. Rightfully so, the band is a mess of beards, clothes from the 1800’s, and over-dramatic as well as blandly formulaic tunes. Which is exactly why their new music video for “Hopeless Wanderer” (another tune that so predictably follows the same writing pattern I discussed previously in this article) is actually incredibly on point. Don’t get me wrong, the song is still dreadful. But the fact that these hopeless wankers are actually able to poke fun at themselves a bit, really helps me swallow the fact that this overplayed garbage they saturate our ear holes with on a daily basis (because lets get real, it’s impossible to not hear one of their songs on the regular) is some of America’s most listened to music.
The video begins just as you would expect any Mumford video to begin. After a brief sepia soaked title card introducing the song and band that looked as if it was from the beginning of a silent film from the early 1900’s, we see a few hairy musicians tattered in olden/worn clothing with instruments hanging from their bodies as they softly play the intro to the song in a grassy field in the golden hour of the dusk. The hair of their beards glistening in the sun light, yet their faces are shadowed enough to not just not quite be distinguishable. Just as you are about ready to throw up in your mouth a little bit, you catch a glimpse of what just might be a bit of subtle humor. The video transitions to what appears to be a piano on wheels being rolled down a gravel/dirt road. We see a shot of the musicians lower bodies now as they are all walking down this dusty road, carrying two-three instruments a piece. One instrument being the upright piano being pushed down the road, another being an actual bass kick drum, and one musician has two banjos as well as a guitar hanging from his shoulder. Although upon first sight I hadn’t put it past the Mumf & Sons to be pretentiously boasting the amount of instruments they surely play (although quantity is surely not a sign of quality), something told me this was a bit of a jest. Sure enough as the camera pans to a widened shot, we see that this group actually consists of four great modern comedians rather than the beloved M&S.
Since I’ve already gone and spoiled the big reveal, I feel like breaking this baby down just a bit more and really highlighting how hilarious this video really is. It’s not just four great comedians impersonating a bunch of hipster folk-rock wannabes to a perfect degree … well yea, it kind of is. That’s actually exactly what it is. But what really makes it hilarious is the extent these four lads go to to make sure we understand exactly what is going on, as well as the attention to the small things that I would love to take a moment to point out:
No one man in particular steals the show, they are all equally hilarious in my book. It’s hard to imagine a better crew of folked up comedians portraying the over emotional faux-folk rockers of Mumford & Sons, and for that I am proud of the four for recognizing this and being on board for it. Of course, more details are left unmentioned. The line dancing, Jason Bateman’s smoking banjo solo (literally). But I will leave some of the greatness left for you to discover. Enjoy!
Video Rating: 12/11 (to coincide with the over-the-top nature of the video)