Mumford & Sons: Hopeless Wanderer

Posted August 6, 2013 by in



4/ 5


Songwriter: , , ,
Cast: , , ,
Genre: Indie folk, folk rock
Director: Sam Jones
Time: 5:15


Starts out serious, then slowly milks the comedy - perfect teaser to the imploding climax


A few more jokes would have put the video on top; at times it appears to be a stretch in time length

Mum & Sons hijacked by comedy pros on indie folk spoof

by J Matthew Cobb
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Mum & Sons hijacked by comedy pros on indie folk spoof

It’s not everyday that you find real musicians putting their work of art on the line for late-night fodder, but arena-packing Americana-raging rock stars Mumford & Sons have done just that with a surprising twist for their concept video for “Hopeless Wanderer.” Instead of showing their faces, they have enlisted the comedic genius of former SNL funnyman Will Forte (MacGruber) and most recently retired SNL alum Jason Sudeikis (star in comedic film We’re the Millers), along with The Daily Show correspondent Ed Helms and teen idol Jason Bateman to dress up in conventional Mumford & Sons gear. Of course the element of surprise burst out into open as the foursome slowly work in the funny: a sunny glare covers up the face of the real singer until the first minute relapses and the quartet is shown mimicking the lyrics and their individual instruments. And with every passing minute, a layer of seriousness withers away, leaving the comedic troupe to show off their on-screen humor. The laughs begin with each ensemble member carrying a shitload of instruments, one dragging an entire upright up an Appalachian hill. Sudeikis is falling apart in his role as lead singer Marcus Mumford, missing obvious notes on his guitar while trying to beat a bass drum with his foot. Everything falls apart by the song’s end as they go postal on their individual toys. There’s even a sexy gay kiss, a stupid canoe ride (with instruments in tow), an over-dramatic teary scene and some awkward gay vibes moments in the mix. If only SNL‘s Stefon Meyers had made a cameo appearance; it seems to be the only thing missing in this comedic piece of musical cinema. Still, it’s one of the funniest music videos in recent memory, even if the laughs feel too far in between.

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J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


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