In the ad’s fantasy narrative, footage of the everyday cooking prep proves so beautiful, the entire world loses its mind over it. The video goes breathlessly viral, and agents scramble to sign the young filmmaker. Ultimately, she finds herself called up to the podium at an industry gala to accept a trophy from the host of everything, Neil Patrick Harris (of course).
But mostly, it’s nice that the spot doesn’t take itself too seriously: It’s a sendup of both an attractive technical feature and of our capacity to express dubious levels of excitement over the mundane. There’s no shame in it; why not take pleasure in the small things? (Even if the fanfare here is pushed to the extremes, as it should be in comedy.)
Apple has been batting a high average on that front of late, with its silly homage toKobe Bryant, Taylor Swift’s treadmill flop and Cookie Monster’s baking bit with Siri—not to mention the brilliant outtakes from the latter. The upbeat new spot also coincides with the company’s release of its less-than-encouraging quarterly results, so some observers believe it’s a deft bit of hand-waving to distract from the bad news.
That may be true, but it’s hard to say for sure when dazzled by that genius video of an onion.