Justin Bieber‘s “As Long As You Love Me” video (it plays more like a short film) is proof positive that he’s listening to his critics from all angles. There are those — including us — who chided the 18-year-old Canadian crooner for teasing with sexy imagery for his “Boyfriend” video in the spring, then wimping out on delivering the hot and heavy “hey, I’m a man now” goods. And then there are the guys who’d just like to kick the ish out of the Bieb because, subconsciously or, perhaps, very consciously, they can’t handle the fact that women young and old are often smitten with JB’s charms.
Whichever camp you’re parked in, prepare to have your dreams come true via Bieber’s new visual. Watch above.
First off, you might be thinking this Anthony Mandler-lensed trip is a period piece of sorts, given the appearance of Reservoir Dogs actor Michael Madsen (who still turns out amazing work, like Sin City and Kill Bill) and Bieber’s use of — wait, is that a…yes, it is — payphone. But when the dubsteppy music kicks in, we’re more than aware that this story is set in modern days.
That said, “As Long As You Love Me” is a tale as old as time. Boy meets Girl. Dad (in this case, Madsen) disapproves. Dad threatens Boy with some tough talk. Boy, meanwhile, has left a note for Girl to meet him at the train station. But Dad catches on. What ever will happen?
Interspersed throughout this woeful love story are those provocative scenes we hinted at. Here we see Bieber on top (!) of his love interest, who’s wearing loose-fitting black lingerie (!!), in bed (!!!). There are also shots of them both rolling around playfully together in the sack and getting horizontal out in public, on a road.
Big Sean delivers his featured verse while making a cameo during a train station dance sequence that plays like a scene out Michael Jackson‘s 1987 “Bad” video. But, truthfully, the music is inconsequential here. (The lyrics aren’t much heavier, but you can check out the “As Long AS You Love Me” lyrics at Direct Lyrics.) It’s really all about Bieber showcasing the fact that, yes, he can be sexy. He’s of appropriate age now. And it’s also about watching Madsen beat the living tar out of the singer during their final confrontation.
Welcome to manhood, Justin Bieber.