Beauty in the Details

It’s pretty standard pop, the choreographed fights are risible, and the repeated shots of Ms. Scherzinger’s hipbones are a tad crotchtacular. But I really love the background illustrations in the video for “Poison”:

It feels a bit like Metropolis to me, the old-school urban streets with gorgeous futuristic details like the passageways between buildings. I kind of like the use of slightly cliche images like the phone booth, the retro glasses, the mic-ed up podium. They don’t add up to anything exceptionally coherent, but amidst the dopey outfits, the shots that chop up the dancing, and the sexy-face, the image of something more sophisticated and beautiful’s still there in the background.