(CBS) What does one say about a video that borrows from so many sources - "Metropolis," Rick Baker, Guillermo del Toro, "Aliens," "Vertigo," and that's not the entire list - that it's hard to spot them all?
You let it speak for itself. And playing "spot the influence" while watching Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" may be part of the fun because the clip itself is a little dull. That's not to say it doesn't have its moments. Who doesn't want to see Lady Gaga wearing next to nothing?
One thing that's not dull: The darkish opening, in which Lady Gaga gives birth to a perfect race and also to evil, transitions to the vibrant and upbeat "Born This Way."
It's a jarring juxtaposition to go from the goo/birth introduction, complete with Bernard Herrmann's "Vertigo" score as background music, to a song that sounds a lot like Madonna's "Express Yourself" with visuals of Gaga dancing in her underwear.
The best parts of the video show Lady Gaga in a suit and bow tie, face painted like a skeleton (alongside model Rick Genest), hair in an enormous ponytail, dancing away.
Note: Some of this stuff is graphic.