The video: More than 25 years after their classic album License to Ill and the smash video for "Fight for Your Right (To Party)," the Beastie Boys are still producing some of the most inventive music videos. For their latest single, "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win," the Boys reunited with longtime collaborator Spike Jonze, who helmed, among others, their "Sabotage" clip, hailed as "one of the funniest music videos ever." The "epic" 11-minute clip for "Don't Play No Game" (watch it below) channels the cheeky dialogue and violence of spoof spy films. The twist: The entire assassination-themed plot is played out by action figures. No attempt was made to hide the wires and hands guiding the toys, which, says Sam Biddle at Gizmodo, is "sure to please anyone who enjoyed Team America."
The reaction: "This is basically the most deranged Saturday morning kids show we've ever seen," says Becky Bain at Idolator. "We love it." The absurdity of the battle between toy soldier puppets has "all the goofy charm you would expect" from Jonze and the Beastie Boys, says Hyper Vocal. And while it's odd that the assassin storyline has little connection to the song's lyrics, says Alena Chinault at Indie Wire, the "well-shot" clip "definitely renders both a look and a chuckle." See for yourself:
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