The song is all right – the chorus is quite enchanting, but over all the song reminds me a tad bit too much of Rihanna’s Diamonds – but the real big deal here is the video.
Featuring eleven-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler, this video is truly a piece of art, all by itself. There has been some controversy about her wearing a nude leotard, giving the appearance of her dancing around in the nude, but in my opinion it’s a masterpiece. There’s nothing sexual about it. The nakedness only highlights her dance and complete innocence.
The video immediately had me thinking of twelve-year-old Natalie Portman in Léon: The Professional, a great movie from 1994. Portman portrays the young girl Mathilda, who is reluctantly taken in by the hitman Léon (Jean Reno) after her family is brutally murdered by a corrupt and mentally unhinged DEA agent (Gary Oldman). The movie is one of my favorites, and is a must-see in my opinion.