Apparently, when Maroon 5 saw the Pokémon Go craze in full swing, all they felt was a grim sense of empathy for their fellow celebrities — I’m referring, of course, to the Pokémon themselves. Being an object of the public’s affection isn’t easy, regardless of whether you’re Pikachu or Adam Levine.
That’s the jumping-off point for Maroon 5’s latest music video, which re-imagines Adam Levine, his bandmates, and his fellow celebrity pals — including Shaq, Sarah Silverman, Vince Vaughn, and Ed Helms — as Pokémon-like creatures, constantly chased down and captured by hordes of smartphone-wielding teens.
When one of them hops Adam Levine’s fence, he just zaps him into oblivion with a laser beam from his poolside recliner before taking a swig of whiskey. That’s probably not something the actual Adam Levine can do to trespassing paparazzi, but it definitely feels like some kind of power fantasy wish fulfillment.
It’s a goofy take on what it feels like to be famous, all wrapped up in a decidedly topical package.