Katy Perry’s song “E.T.” is about exploring an otherworldly love (and the pursuit of otherworldly pleasures). And her brand-new “E.T.” video, featuring Kanye West, is an abstract, exoteric exploration into the unknown. You might find sunglasses, you might fall through a black hole and you might find love.
Katy Perry’s “E.T.” video is, well, a concept alien to what we might’ve expected from a Katy Perry video. Gone are the cheeky latex dresses and tongue-in-cheek winks. No shaving cream bras or pissed-off, middle-finger-waving Gummi bears. Floria Sigismondi (Marilyn Manson’s “The Beautiful People,” Christina Aguilera’s “Hurt,” Muse’s “Supermassive Black Hole”) created what feels far more like a sci-fi, deep space sojourn than a music video.
Swirling, celestial bodies create the backdrop to Katy Perry’s many alien life-forms — draped in billowing fabrics with highly stylized looks that reference everything from Queen Amidala to Avatar to “Alien Nation” to Matthew Barney’s The Cremaster Cycle to Winona Ryder as Spock’s mom in the latest Star Trek movie to a she-gladiator — falling through space, landing on the surfaces of new planets that seem to exist in the future (and, from the looks of worn-out tires and other detritus, seem to have harbored the waste of this lifetime’s consumption).
Katy’s ultraserious, highly cinematic approach to the video, as well as Kanye’s in-your-face intensity (there’s a foreboding aura to the whole thing, even as he raps about his desire to “probe you”) make “E.T.” her most mature video to date. Katy Perry’s still a girl who likes to play dress-up, but she’s shown us that costume changes don’t always mean high camp, and that with every video she makes, she’s capable of taking us to a different dimension.
+ Watch Katy Perry’s “E.T.” video, featuring Kanye West. And don’t miss Katy Perry’s “E.T.” video, featuring Kanye West, tonight on MTV at 7:53pm ET, followed by MTV News’ live “MTV First” interview with Katy Perry on MTV.com!