Yesterday we got to see a sneak preview of Lana Del Rey‘s new music video for her single National Anthem wherein she portrays Marilyn Monroe and Jacqueline Kennedy and Rakim A$AP Rocky Mayers portrays John F. Kennedy. Today, we get to see the video in full. LDR released the full 7+ minute music video/mini-film today for our viewing pleasure … check it out below.
Right off the bat, I have to say that Lana Del Rey‘s Marilyn Monroe isn’t very good … but fortunately her Jackie Kennedy is much better. Unsurprisingly, LDR‘s video for National Anthem looks like it was filmed in the 1960′s thru a Hipstamatic camera lens but, in this context, the effect works very well. I like the marriage of imagery with the tone and lyrics of the song. Altho LDR has been beating the vintagey home movies thing to death in all of her videos, this one really resonates with me. I like the casting of A$AP Rocky as JFK and I really do like the song. It seems to me that this vintage video feel is a theme that Lana Del Rey is going to explore for some time now but I really hope she is able to break out of this stylistic box. For now, it works for her. I didn’t expect that I would like this music video as much as I do, to be honest. What do y’all think? Are you impressed?