Not “Filthy,” but no “Winner” either

A poster promoting Timberlakes performance at the Super Bowl LII halftime show.

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A poster promoting Timberlake’s performance at the Super Bowl LII halftime show.

Bryson Turner, Online Editor

Justin Timberlake’s third Super Bowl halftime show, this time as the main attraction, could be equated to a night out with friends, one where everyone had fun time, but probably wouldn’t be telling stories about it for years after.

Timberlake was constantly moving throughout the show, holding a commanding presence wherever he went. From infectious, well-choreographed dance moves, entering the crowd while singing “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” or honoring deceased pop legend, and Minneapolis native, Prince, there was never a dull moment.

The tribute to Prince paid great respect to the artist and had a touchingly grand scale, including a breathtaking wide shot that showed Minneapolis’ downtown area coated in purple light, along with Prince’s signature “Love Symbol.”

However, just because there was never a dull moment, does not mean there was an unforgettable one. No pyrotechnics or large set pieces were used, a risky move considering they were the most memorable parts of halftime shows past (wardrobe malfunctions notwithstanding).

With the NFL still the subject of some controversy, Timberlake put on a show where fans could escape and have a good time. While it lacked a true ‘wow’ moment, it was still a fun performance that anyone could enjoy.