Google Helps This Elderly Man Remember His Late Wife Loretta

10 years ago, Google debuted its first TV ad during the Super Bowl. “Parisian Love” was a beautiful and sweet spot that was lauded as among the decade’s best commercials. Now, Google is back with another beautiful and sweet ad for the Super Bowl, and this one is definitely a tearjerker. We follow an old man who is trying not to forget his late wife, Loretta. Through the Google Assistant’s search and voice features, we see an emotional journey through a lifelong romance. The music is an instrumental version of A Great Big World’s equally tearjerking song “Say Something.” Aww. Here’s more about the ad.

An Adult Macaulay Culkin Stays Home Alone With The Google Assistant

This one is currently #1 on YouTube’s Trending videos, with more with 7.5 million views since being released yesterday. And for good reason…it’s a wildly entertaining Home Alone parody, with the now 38-year-old Macaulay Culkin. My personal favorite part is “Operation Kevin” with the Kevin Durant figure. Well done, Google.

 

Verizon’s Unboxing Commercial With The Google Pixel 3

The ubiquitous and annoying Thomas Middleditch is back for yet another Verizon spot. This one is set up as an unboxing video, a silly phenomenon where people videotape themselves opening up packages. Why they’re popular, I’ll never know. Anyway, he’s unboxing the new Google Pixel 3. A couple approaches, and the woman asks how the camera is. It’s not just a camera…it also has the power of Google Lens, which lets you search what you see. Thomas takes a picture of the man’s special edition sneakers and may have discovered where to find them. The woman is played by Mimi Davila…anyone know who plays the man?

 

Google: Kevin Durant Ponders The Royal Wedding

Apparently, I missed Google’s gummy bear commercial with Kevin Durant last month. But now Google has a new spot with the exact same setup…Durant’s in the weight room and thinking. This time, it’s even more amusing, as he’s looking forward to the Royal Wedding. But it’s going to be at 11 AM in London, which means 3 AM in Oakland…so he’d better set an alarm. Luckily, the Google Assistant’s got KD covered.

2014: Make It Happen!

Google Chrome’s inspiring video from 2011 still rings true. Make it happen! I’ll see you next year.

A Man Is Reunited With His Long-Lost Family Thanks To Google Earth

As a 5 year old, Saroo Brierly boarded a runaway train in his native India and became separated from his family. After wandering the streets of Kolkata for weeks, he entered an orphanage, and ended up being adopted by a family in Australia. Still, Saroo wanted to find his family. People said it was like finding a needle in a haystack, but 26 years later, he found his family with the help of exhaustive searching on Google Earth. Google’s ads excel at the storytelling aspects, and this is another amazing one. You can read the entire story in Saroo Brierly’s book A Long Way Home. Great job.

2013: Make It Happen!

Google Chrome’s inspiring video from last year still rings very true. Make it happen!

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