My blog is desparingly devoid of activity for long periods at a time where I am busy or have been at university but I really want to start filling it up with content and try to write multiple entries a week. As such, I have decided to start a new section on here: YouTube video reviews. I count YouTube as one of the best websites ever created and I believe it will be remembered as such for years to come. However, I have noticed that there are a limited number of reviews for videos, other than those left by disgruntled 12-year-olds in the comments, which left me wondering a) since when do pre-teens have a greater lexicon of swear words than me?, and b) should I give it a go? As I love reviewing all kinds of media, I thought this opportunity was too good to pass up.
So here goes, I hope you guys all enjoy it and please feel free to give me some feedback and even some suggestions of which videos to review!
1) Benedict Cumberbatch’s Ice Bucket Challenge for #MND
Seeing as it’s my first entry, I thought I’d start simple and current. And what could be more current than the Ice Bucket Challenge? Strenghtening further his claim to the Coolest Brit Alive crown (possibly just on the strength of his name) is Benedict ‘Sherlock’ Cumberbatch. Not only is he a great actor, but in this video, he demonstrates what a top bloke he is. Seeing as he was nominated on multiple occassions, Benedict decided to go further than most of the celebrity world and get substantially more ice and water thrown at him. The slo-mo effects during the administration of the plethora of bucket throws make for an enjoyable watch and definitely one of the better Ice Bucket Challenge videos I’ve seen, with only Patrick Stewart’s effort (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju5VxyM3S4o) beating him to top spot, not only on the video front but, unfortunately for Benny C, to the Coolest Brit Crown.
2) Little girl does Ice Bucket Challenge
In keeping with my theme for this post, I thought I’d add a personal favourite.With cuteness levels well over 1000 from the second it starts, it highlights to me what’s so perfect about the Ice Bucket Challenge, in that everyone can get involved, it’s a bit of fun and the videos are usually less than 30 seconds, therefore meaning you can watch them on the go. This tiny have-a-go-heroine is doing what all three to five year olds do and copying in the most adorable way possible. Combine this with a few shockingly adult choice words at the end, and you create, in my opinion, a highly Ice Bucket Challenge video with minimal effort.
3) “Leego” Ice Bucket Challenge
Whenever a popular craze like this comes along, there will always be few naysayers trying to crush public morale because they weren’t loved as a child, or perhaps creating an alternative because obviously it’s “cool” to be different, no matter what you do. After a pointless 10 seconds of looking at an awkward young boy standing in the corner of his kitchen, his father steps into shot and asks the viewer incredulously “Why the f*** ‘Ice Bucket’?” as if it’s the most bizarre idea anyone’s ever cooked up. Doing his best impression of what he thinks on-screen personalities should act like, “Marcy Lopez” confidently tells his ever-present audience that he’s about to do the “Lee-go” challenge. He then proceeds to pour all of his son’s Lego pieces on top of himself, while screaming “Woo!” and walks off camera in a blaze of glory, surely destined for an award of some kind, an Oscar perhaps? His son surely deserves a “Best Supporting Actor” nomination right? To make matters worse for the poor guy, he states in the description that “We had to clean to kitchen for two hours”. “WE”?! So not only did Marcy Jr have to go without his Lego for his dad’s crackpot schemes, he then had to help him clear it up? No wonder he stood in the corner defiantly. All worth it for 74 views huh Marcy?