Video: Mumford & Sons – Hopeless Wanderer

I’ve said a lot of mixed things about Mumford & Sons, but this video is just genius. The band have essentially made fun of themselves, in brilliant humour, by enlisting US comedy stars Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Ed Helms and Will Forte to mimic them and carry out all the stereotypical folk-rock video tropes.

These range from the field, barn and pub settings, the over the top playing and subsequent guitar bashing, the emotional singing, the beards, and carrying multiple instruments down a path before collapsing, culminating in the four men sobbing close together and wiping one another’s tears.

Cleverly, the arty-farty shots (another cliché) are used so that the men look like they could be the real band members for the first portion of the song, before they make their point.

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