We don’t cover the music video world too often here on Collider, but we’ll make an exception to single out Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” Not only is the song a tremendously infectious earworm, but the video itself has some serious pedigree behind the scenes. Mark Romanek, who helmed the immensely emotional 2010 drama Never Let Me Go as well as the Robin Williams film One Hour Photo, directs this colorful, joyous music video, marking a triumphant return to the format where he first cut his teeth. Romanek was behind the camera on such iconic music videos as Johnny Cash’s “Hurt”, Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer”, Fiona Apple’s “Criminal”, and the Michael Jackson/Janet Jackson collaboration “Scream” before making his feature debut with One Hour Photo.
Romanek didn’t disappear from the music video scene entirely—he helmed Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”—but his collaboration here with Timberlake is fantastic, resulting in a vibrant video that’s perfectly in step with the song itself. Moreover, the video was shot by cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes, who’s one of the most exciting directors of photography today with credits ranging from Martha Marcy May Marlene to Girls to Trainwreck. Lipes shot the upcoming Kenneth Lonergan drama Manchester by the Sea, and his work on that film is downright impeccable.
Timberlake wrote “Can’t Stop the Feeling” for the upcoming DreamWorks Animation film Trolls, and this marks Timberlake’s first time producing a major motion picture soundtrack. If the rest of the album is as catchy and soulful as this song, we’re in for a treat. As for Romanek, he’s been attached to a number of high-profile films over the years, from The Wolfman to Cinderella, but hasn’t yet made a follow-up to Never Let Me Go. He recently directed an episode of the HBO series Vinyl and is set to helm the Shining prequel Overlook Hotel, so here’s hoping he makes a return to features sooner rather than later.
For now, enjoy his latest work with the “Can’t Stop the Feeling” music video below.