Yay sport, do the thing, get the points!
Okay, so maybe we might not all be sports enthusiast but we are definitely ad enthusiast, so this is who we think won the Super Bowl (you know, besides the Eagles).
Adrian Jean CGD, Partner, Executive Creative Director
Well, I have to admit, I am not a football fan. But I do love good advertising. And while overall, Super Bowl LII ads felt a little on the safer side than years past, there were still a few standouts. So here is a rapid-fire review of some of the more prolific ads and ad categories, in no particular order:
Beer companies Budweiser & Stella Artois seem to want us to know that they also offer water (...although we already knew that Budweiser). Bud "Night" didn't even bother with the social responsibility and instead went for the jugular of their core bro-audience.
Ok so it sucked that they glazed over Ottawa for their next HQ, but Amazon's ad was star studded and vibrant, and I really enjoyed it from an entertainment perspective. From an advertising point of view though, it was a little flat. Props to Bezos for doing it.
Groupon played it safe this year (as we all knew they would). They even went for the golden oldie of a ball to the crotch — the advertising equivalent of a chocolate bar instead of a healthy meal.
I've been a Pepsi fan for years — despite it having been years since I bought the stuff. This year's Pepsi ad pulled all their punches and instead reminded us just how long it's been since we bought a Pepsi. Coke on the other hand aimed a little higher and produced a beautiful delivery of the essence of today's social equality issues in only the way Coke can. Well done Coke.
Weathertech (manufacturer of car floor mats) used visuals of a building being erected, but in a way that one could draw parallels with Trumps "Build the Wall" mantra. The political mic drop came at the end with an emphatic statement of affirmation that the company is American through and through. Ironically, it's the one we might all be talking about longer after the glitz and glamour fades.
Car advertising has to be some of the most challenging (depending on the model). But this year only one car ad really stood out for me and that was Toyota's. They really rocked the message of human determination in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds and left us with the notion that there is hope, where there is the will to persevere. Really proud of Toyota for this one. A distant runner up in the heart-strings department was Hyundai's "Hope Detector".
KIA managed to transport Steven Tyler back in time (as well as reverse the process of aging)… I think they were selling a car too.
While Lexus, not to be out done by time travel, managed to mashup of scenes from the upcoming movie Black Panther... and mixed it with original footage to make it seem like it wasn't a mashup (…we weren't fooled Lexus).
Of course, the Star Wars: Solo ad was fun, but it was the Dundee mock-movie trailers that piqued my sense of nostalgia. They reminded me how many beautiful (and talented) people come from the land down under. I wonder though if Australia Tourism left some money on the table by trying to make the final outing spot look too much like the trailers leading up to Super Bowl. Only Quantas will know for sure.
THE WINNER: TIDE
Luckily no detergent was intentionally ingested in this brilliant series from Procter & Gamble. David Harbour (from Netflix's Stranger Things) stars in a series of ads in which Tide pokes fun at Super Bowl ad genres. The main spot ends with him (and Tide) essentially co-opting all Super Bowl ads by asking the audience if every Super Bowl ad was actually a Tide ad because everyone's clothes are clean in them. Brilliant! As TIME reports, Procter & Gamble also owns both Tide and Old Spice, so just imagine what that lovechild would be like... wait we don't have to: