Watch: 3 Videos For Paul McCartney's "My Valentine" Featuring Johnny Depp & Natalie Portman, Lensed By Wally Pfister

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by Kevin Jagernauth
April 14, 2012 2:23 PM
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So, if you happen to be Paul McCartney, you can pretty much get anybody you want for whatever project you're working on. And with a new album out now, the former Beatle rounded up mega-watt stars Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman to star in the three different videos for the lead single. And if that's not enough, he also got Christopher Nolan's regular collaborator, cinematographer Wally Pfister, to shoot them. Like we said, dude can make anything happen.

So what's the result like? Disappointing and pretty hokey to say the least. McCartney has jumped on the bandwagon of releasing an album of standards, and while these first videos for his awkwardly named LP Kisses On The Bottom are for "My Valentine" -- one of the two originals on the disc -- it seems his inspiration stopped the moment he found his two Hollywood actors. Three black-and-white videos see Portman and Depp interpreting the lyrics of the song in quasi-sign language each in their own separate solo vids and then cut together for the third. The whole thing feels like an elementary school play, though Depp's is (unintentionally?) hilarious, as he comes off like some kind of mystic shaman. And no, that's not him playing guitar -- it's actually Eric Clapton.

Anyway, you can check them all out below. [Paul McCartney/Noisey/Rolling Stone]

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9 Comments

  • hank | April 15, 2012 4:30 PMReply

    It wasn't that bad, geez/

  • Yeipi | April 15, 2012 1:49 PMReply

    According to Paul's website Johnny actually plays the guitar in the song/clip: "Johhny Depp also plays guitar in his version and recorded the track's guitar solo live. His guitar take was then mixed and mastered into the final track."

  • i miss theplaylist of theplaylist.blogspot.com | April 15, 2012 6:59 AMReply

    I remember the THEPLAYLIST at THEPLAYLIST.BLOGSPOT.COM. Now you are slowly succumbing to the indie-wire-we-have-to-make-money pressure. The quality and choice of articles have genuinely come down. Truly sad and awful, Kevin, sad and awful.

  • lilHuxtable | April 16, 2012 12:06 PM

    u MAD?

  • April | April 14, 2012 11:34 PMReply

    I think this is sweet!natalie is so lovely and Johnny looks handsome! I love Paul and I like this song.

  • jingmei | April 14, 2012 11:02 PMReply

    Johnny Depp one could be compared with This Never Happened Before sounds like.

  • caro | April 14, 2012 7:19 PMReply

    it's well better than Metallica's Lulu by Aronofsky

  • Yolanda | April 14, 2012 4:59 PMReply

    I saw the vids, and I LOVED IT. It has a simplicity about it that I loved. Played the video non-stop for almost 30 minutes.

  • Christian | April 14, 2012 4:51 PMReply

    I know this is a hipster film blog and all, but Paul McCartney is without a question a true musical legend and still one of the best recording artists working today. Whether it's this or 'Electric Arguments' (as The Fireman) he continues to make personal music. 'Kisses on the Bottom' is by the way an amazingly charming record!

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