3. MetLife: Everyone
This might not have been the funniest or the most eye catching commercial to most, but for those of us who grew up in the 80's it was a delightful trip down memory lane with some of our favorite cartoon characters. Seeing He-Man come roaring in on Battle-Cat was pretty ridiculous but nostalgic all the same, but the icing on the cake was Voltron. Yes F*N VOLTRON was in a super bowl commercial!
2. Audi: Vampire Party
Hilarious riff on the current obsession with "trendy" vampires. I like how the guy hiding behind the log gets it in the end as well also. Loved the usage of "The Killing Moon" from Echo and the Bunneymen!
1. Kia: Optima - A Dream Car. For Real Life.
The best commercial of the Super Bowl by a longshot. A nice mix of zexyness and hilarity as our husband and wife roam through their respective dream-worlds. Favorite part, besides the obvious, is Chuck Liddell kicking the head off of his competitor a-la Mortal Kombat! Another shout out for one of my favorite 80's bands as well with the appearance of Motley Crue!
I would also like to give an Honorable Mention to the Chrysler: Halftime in America commercial. Not only was it pretty moving, what with all of the unfortunate job loss in America, but also for it's ability to hit home with me. I am proudly from Detroit and have had both my father-in-law and my own father lose jobs because of the state of the automotive industry and economy there, and keeping in the tone with the commercial neither of these men blamed anybody, nor did they whine, complain and give up, they pressed ever onward and continued to do what they had to do to support themselves and their families until things started shaping up. I know this may sound cheesy but for those from Detroit or those affected in any way from the loss of a job know this stuff hits home. I could have done without the cheesy Super Bowl reference at the end of the commercial but none the less I'd like to say bravo to Chrysler (also the company both of my Grandfathers worked for!) for airing such a passionate and moving commercial.
OK, let's move on to some lighter fare now, as we discuss the worst of the worst. In my eyes the biggest bust of all of the Super Bowl commercials was probably Danica Patrick's in the GoDaddy Commercial, I kid, I kid! (see what I did there?) Seriously though, the worst of the bunch other than the pathetic GoDaddy commercials (isn't time they gave up on their marketing tactics of old, it's just getting awkward now) was the Matthew Broderick commercial.
Yes I understand that it wasn't supposed to be Matthew playing a day in the life of Ferris Bueller but Matthew playing a day in the life of Matthew, however it just wasn't funny. I love Ferris Bueller's Day Off just as much as the next 80's kid but did anyone actually enjoy this commercial? I just thought it felt really forced and could have been done differently I suppose, but I guess that's why I'm a student and not writing commercials for the Super Bowl that cost 1.3 billion dollars per microsecond. Although the more I think about it, I suppose it wasn't the worst commercial but the biggest let down of a commercial. I guess I just wanted to be taken back to that amazing time in the 80's when Ferris was still relevant, but it just didn't do it for me. And last but not least I'd like to present to you my favorite movie trailer of the Super Bowl and no it's not for "The Hunger Games"! (I'm trying to stay as far away from that trailer as possible so as to not go into movie theaters with the jaded mindset of seeing a much too amazing trailer and then being let down by the film itself, and yes I loved the book)
Favorite Movie Trailer of the Super Bowl
Anybody disagree with my faves or just want to share their opinion on any of the commercials up above, get the discussion going in the comments!