Ariana Grande and director Chris Marrs Piliero proved their sci-fi bonafides on "Break Free", so not a surprise to see them zoom back to that Barbarellatastic world to settle the issue of whether or not Greedo shot first.
It's the end of the world as we know it, but Ariana Grande looks like she'll do just fine in this apocalyptic adventure directed by screenwriter Max Landis — who is indeed the song of music video legend John Landis.
If it works for The Avengers, why can't work for the Universal stable of pop stars. Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj come together to electrify a hot city and show off some great teamwork/synergy.
Obviously an Excessive Machine would be a bit much — the line is drawn at boob rockets — but Ariana Grande gets surprising campy and unsurpisingly sexy in a sci-fi romp that occupies a galaxy somwhere between Barbarella and Flash Gordon.
Problem? Consider it solved. This is a coming out party for Ariana Grande as the pop star of the moment. And having the nearly as hot Iggy Azalea on-board also ain't a problem (and ditto for Big Sean in a cameo as The Whisperer).
Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande is well on her way to making a legit pop-star crossover, thanks to a song that hits you like the girl re-write of Bieber's "Baby" and a soaring voice that's in the zone of Mariah Carey. Director Ryan Pallotta engineers an all-day and crosstown dance party that takes Ariana and her crew into the night.
PS: Does the styling count as '80s retro/ironic if the singer was born in 1993?