Most of today’s screen musicals deserve to be left alone. They’re not even as satisfying as the music video for Michael Buble‘s “Haven’t Met You Yet” (2009), a song-and-dance mini-musical in which a lovelorn Michael enters a supermarket and meets his future wife-actual wife, Luisana Lopilato. Employees and customers alike become hoofers, and, well, people in the store somehow multiply, dancing admirably to a delectable pop song. Michael has met his one and only, and yet in this fluffy “video” it’s just a fantasy.
Although it differs much from the Buble routine, the music video for the Evanescence song, “Call Me When You’re Sober,” is another happy-making effort better than most contemporary musicals. Gothic and garish, it proffers red capes, candles, wolves, and a great rock ditty sung by Amy Lee. There are dancing creeps—I don’t know what else to call them—surrounding Amy before she rises into the air; and then the creeps rise into the air and start twirling. The song is better than the visuals, but the whole thing is weird fun. It’s rather cheap, but less so than much of Moulin Rouge.