The dramatic clip opens on a young woman clad in mid-century underwear, crying thick mascara tears and quickly shifts to an elderly couple who mirror each other’s movements. It’s immediately clear that, as expected, this video will tell the story of a relationship.
It’s not always a happy one, as we see the couple’s early years in what seems to be an Outsiders-inspired socs vs. greasers meet-cute. Through time we get a hint of their marriage, a hint of them in the ’70s (with lots of Godfather inspired fashion) and eventually the elderly man disappears from the picture.
Five and a half mintues in, when the elderly woman drops her wedding band, Justin Timberlake makes his first appearance. He is in all black, dancing in a hall of mirrors refelective of the funhouse scene we got with a young version of the couple earlier.
For the first time in the arc of The 20/20 Experience, we get a glipose of Timberlake’s dance skills. He puts on a pensive face as a troupe of dancers in shades of nude, turquoise and light blue writhe behind him.
The video spans the full eight minutes and 20 seconds of the single. The epic clip was directed by Floria Sigismondi, who has been the auteur behind memorable clips like Katy Perry’s “E.T.,” Ellie Goulding’s “Anything Could Happen” and David Bowie’s “The Stars Are Out Tonight.”
Timberlake’s latest album, The 20/20 Experience, was released today (March 19).