When Carrie Underwood‘s latest music video “Blown Away” begins with her studying at the dinner table in black-and-white, you get a glimmer of hope that she’ll follow through on her The Wizard of Oz inspiration and have a big, climactic moment where everything bursts into color. But instead, this video mostly wallows through Carrie’s daddy issues and resembles the beloved classic in only the barest sense. Check it out here on E!’s website.
At first I misunderstood and thought that this was meant to be some promotional tie-in for the upcoming prequel Oz: The Great and Powerful. Which would have been really confusing, since Carrie bears no resemblance to the movie’s three stars Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz. But once I realized that she’s kickin’ it old school, I was still befuddled by her choice. Why associate with a classic when you’re not going to follow through?
“Blown Away” is yet another wronged-girl anthem, but aside from Carrie wearing some blue gingham — and apparently red shoes, though I missed them on the first go-round — it’d be ridiculous to say that she’s representing Dorothy Gale. The video’s main plot is that Carrie’s dad is a good-for-nothing drunk who may also have hit her, so she retreats to her room and cowers in the coming storm while he passes out and presumably gets killed in the wreckage.
Carrie’s character in “Blown Away” basically calls down the tornado in order to teach her abusive dad a lesson, as the chorus shows:
Shatter every window ’til it’s all blown away,
Every brick, every board, every slamming door blown away
’til there’s nothing left standing,
Nothing left of yesterday
Every tear-soaked whiskey memory blown away,
But it’s not as if Dorothy asked for her house to get shattered and her neighbors to be put in danger when she was whisked away to Oz. For a soulful, movie-inspired ballad, I’d rather rewatch Taylor Swift‘s Hunger Games anthem “Safe & Sound.”