REVIEW: Bound 3 (Vague) featuring James Franco and Seth Rogen

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Wow. In case you missed it, Kanye West premiered his new video for Bound 2 last week (watch it HERE), and the visually aggressive creation features a topless Kim Kardashian on the faux-open road with Yeezy. I was planning to write a review for Manolith, but my plans changed immediately after the appearance of a re-make featuring Seth Rogen and James Franco.

Along with writing for Manolith, I also write for a website called Existimatum, which is a parody that reviews the reviews of film critics (follow us on Twitter). I decided to take the Existimatum approach for Bound 3, and my thoughts are below. Enjoy.

James Franco and Seth Rogen have created a spectacular and highly moving piece of art with Bound 3 (Vague). The dedication to character and technique may inspire even greater future parodies of music videos, however it will be difficult to match the method acting and physical performances of Franco and Rogen.

In the deeply profound introduction, the dynamic duo matches the original creation of Kanye West with stunning visuals of horses and the open road. One may feel overwhelmed by the amount of nature, but must remember the shot-for-shot concept of Bound 3.

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The appearance of Franco forty-one seconds in allows one to becoming fully immersed in the experience. It’s unclear who provides the better performance in Bound 3, Franco or Rogen, however both actors will be remembered for their dedication to the craft. The prolific Franco, who audiences may recognize from the television series Pacific Blue and General Hospital, fills the role of Kanye West. The facial expressions of the actor evoke all the wonder of our crazy world, but one may be disturbed by the failure to go full-method and rock the shaved head in the style of Kanye West. It’s a forgivable error, but the dedication to the role is honorable. Franco’s aggressive physical body movements capture the essence of Kanye, and evoke all the intensity and pressures of millionaires.

Franco is complimented by the fine performance of Seth Rogen in the role of Kim Kardashian. Audiences may recognize the veteran actor from such roles as Bob in Dawson’s Creek, and also the 2006 smash hit You, Me and Dupree. The bearded Rogen makes his first recognizable appearance seventy-three seconds in with a curious look that conveys all the confusion and excitement of a relationship. One may be frightened by the look of Rogen, but the transition to the hand gestures of Franco help ease the mind of the viewer, and allow one to bask in the glory of the green-screen setting.

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Despite the memorable performances, one can certainly find flaws in the work. Seth Rogen’s back hair is highly offensive, and is forced upon the innocent viewer not even ninety seconds in. Rogen’s commitment to character is noteworthy, but the nasty visuals are highly troubling. The actor may find comfort in a never-ending supply of Bic razors that will surely find their way to his home after Bound 3.

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James Franco nails the line of “Bound” with vigor and supreme intensity in Bound 3. It’s difficult to fathom the preparation that JF must have gone through, and many viewers will certainly be reminded of the actor’s moving work as Officer #2 in a 2001 episode of The X-Files. Franco clearly channeled the inner turmoil of O2 to express all the emotion of Kanye West.

The second half of Bound 3 is pure magic. Words cannot express the highly troubling yet comedic aspect of the duo’s performances, however most viewers will be moved by the pure emotion and timeless quality of the actor’s facial expressions. The work truly transcends the typical parody.

Follow Quinn on Twitter and check out Bound 3 below.

[Hook]
Bound to fall in love
Bound to fall in love
(Uh-huh, honey)

[Bridge: Kanye West]
All them other Francos lame, and you know it now
When a real Rogen hold you down, you supposed to drown
Bound…

[Hook]

[Verse 1: Kanye West]
What you doing in the club on a Thursday?
She say she only here for her girl birthday
They ordered champagne but still look thirsty
Rock Forever 21 but just turned thirty
I know I got a bad reputation
Walking ’round, always-mad reputation
Leave-a-pretty-girl-sad reputation
Start a Fight Club, Brad reputation
I turnt the nightclub out of the basement
I’ll turn the plane ’round, your ass keep complaining
How you gon’ be mad on vacation?
Dutty wining ’round all these Jamaicans
Uh, this that prom shit
This that what-we-do-don’t-tell-your-mom shit
This that red-cup-all-on-the-lawn shit
Got a fresh cut, straight out the salon, bitch

[Bridge: Charlie Wilson]
I know you’re tired of loving, of loving
With nobody to love, nobody, nobody (Uh-huh, honey)

[Bridge: Kanye West]
Close your eyes and let the word paint a thousand pictures
One good girl is worth a thousand bitches

[Hook]

[Verse 2: Kanye West]
I wanna fuck you hard on the sink
After that, give you something to drink
Step back, can’t get spunk on the mink
I mean damn, what would Jeromey Romey Romey Rome think?
Hey, you remember where we first met?
Okay, I don’t remember where we first met
But hey, admitting is the first step
And hey, you know ain’t nobody perfect
And I know, with the hoes I got the worst rep
But hey, their backstroke I’m tryna perfect
And hey, ayo, we made it: Thanksgiving
So hey, maybe we can make it to Christmas
She asked me what I wished for on my wishlist
Have you ever asked your bitch for other bitches?
Maybe we could still make it to the church steps
But first, you gon’ remember how to forget
After all these long-ass verses
I’m tired, you tired, Jesus wept

[Bridge: Charlie Wilson]
I know you’re tired of loving, of loving
With nobody to love, nobody, nobody
Just grab somebody, no leaving this party
With nobody to love, nobody, nobody (Uh-huh, honey)

[Bridge: Kanye West]
Jerome’s in the house, watch your mouth
Jerome’s in the house, watch your mouth

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