The world is Willow Smith’s sandbox in her new video for “21st Century Girl” where the rising star gets summoned from a pile of bones, beads and toy guitar on the ground by a medicine woman. Soon after Willow, who does what she likes, runs around the desert with wolves before getting her “Inception” on — conjuring all manner of fun things from nothing, before raising an entire city from sand.
Why? So she and her girls can dance and sing in the streets, wearing a shirt that says “boys need training,” of course. I wish she pulled some King Crimson out of the sand too, but I appreciate the spectacle. With over a minute and 30 seconds of screen time before the song even starts, and such a point at establishing her in this cinematic context, I think Willow may be turning in a serious big screen role sooner than expected.