Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are

09 March Critic Jonni 0 Comments

Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars |

Wow, I'm really behind on my blog posts this week, so here I go trying to catch them all up... Bruno Mars takes up my Thursday Revisit this week due to there not being much choice. This was his debut single, and it impacted the charts globally. It's no wonder because it was so current at the time with his emotional vocals hitting all the right notes. This launched Bruno Mars, and he'll continue being successful. Watch Bruno Mars melt us in this extremely cute serenade of a music video for his debut single "Just The Way You Are".

Bruno Mars, real name Peter Hernandez, is one of the biggest male pop artists in the world. He is currently blurring the lines between pop music and old-school funk music; totally making the latter extremely current, and it's totally working, just check out "24k Magic" which is a song we still haven't had enough of yet. But, it didn't start that way, he launched himself in the pop world, focusing solely on great written tracks and songs that are super cute, just like this one. This charted well globally, including hitting number one in the UK, the US, Canada, and Australia. It was written by Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Khalil Walton, and Khari Cain.

Directed by Ethan Lander, the music video has a simple cute narrative to go with the sweet song. Although, credit to the editors of the music video, especially the animators, who totally rocked the animated tape scene. For those of you who recognise the love-interest, I sure did, she is played by actress Nathalie Kelley, who is known for various roles, namely Sybil in The Vampire Diaries, Dani Alvarez in Body of Proof, and Grace in Unreal.

The video sees Bruno Mars distracting his girl, played by Nathalie Kelley. She's sitting down listening to music on a tape player - do you remember those? We all totally had one of them! Anyhow, he takes the tape out of the player and starts messing with the tape inside, creating crazy drawings that are clearly created by the animators of the music video.

The ending sees him performing the song at a piano. It's very cute and very simple, yet totally magical at the same time. I love the quirky teasing going on between them as they each change the drawings to their likings. It's clever, it's witty, and extremely cuddly, just like the song. Maybe too simple and too sweet, though.
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