Completely shot and directed by Lady GaGa herself, ‘Marry the Night’ sheds some light on her musical origins. The video portrays her struggle in the music industry, the process of breaking through personal hindrances, and landing a record deal. In the opening electronic instrumentation, one can almost hear lament and triumph all at once.

The ‘Thriller’-esque length time of the video is a bit pretentious, and this time it could indeed count as a mini-film, as the background interlude presented is extensive, covering her stints in rehab, and constant daydreaming of superstardom (which were exuberantly well put). All criticism aside, Stefani Germanotta is uber talented, so no less could be expected from her.

Props go to editing; some of the dance sequences are obviously edited carefully to cover up any mistakes in the dance routine, but nonetheless the
scene remains an spectacle. GaGa hadn’t moved like this since ‘LoveGame’. No more lethargic moves, no sloppy steps, and a lack of random monster-paw references, are elements to be much appreciated and welcomed.

Yes, some angles and shots seem amateurish, and distract the viewer, but it still remains probably her finest as far as the Born This Way era concerns. If she would’ve only threw this from the very beginning, her album could’ve lived up to the hype.

The video wouldn’t be GaGa enough without her antics, such self-applied peroxide, runned down mascara, and utterly high heels that could break anyone’s ankles at mere sight. Other attention seeking components include nude sequences in a bathtub, and a seriously violent scene involving cheerios. The acting is a bit corny, but she can’t be blamed for her theatricality, when drama is what defines her persona.

The video perceptibly draws inspiration from ‘Girl, Interrupted’ and ‘Fame’; which are great references; she finally got it right.

If this proves anything, it proves Lady GaGa shines best when she’s not trying too hard. Effort does not equal an over intricate plot, or overtly done dance moves that may be perceived as convoluted, hopefully she learned her lesson; its ironic how this song is not what became the record’s biggest hit, when it is the strongest song in the whole set.

Standing ovation.

★★★★★

C.Perez

Watch ‘Marry The Night’ below.