Joe Flacco is an authentic McDonald’s fan. The Ravens quarterback was caught at a McDonald’s drive-thru the same day he signed the largest contract in the history of the NFL. So you’d think the Super Bowl champ would be a bit more naturalistic playing himself in a McDonald’s commercial.
But stiff acting isn’t the only problem in the new TV spot for McDonald’s Mighty Wings that pits Flacco against 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a remake of the iconic Larry Bird/Michael Jordan Super Bowl ad from 1993. Unfortunately this sequel (which they’ve had 20 years to work on) is less interesting and makes a bit less sense than the original.
In the Bird-Jordan ad, the two legendary basketball players face off in an increasingly absurd game of horse. As ridiculous as the commercial becomes, horse is a real game that real people play. The new commercial has Flacco and Kaepernick throwing footballs between goal posts. Is that even a thing?
Besides, it’s poorly paced (at half the length of the original there’s no time for build-up) and is suddenly interrupted by a blackout, which, if it weren’t an obvious reference to the outage at the Super Bowl, would almost have you believe the commercial became so bored with itself it committed suicide.
But don’t take my word for it! See for yourself:
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