Super Bowl Commercials 2021: Postgame Twitter Reacts to Top Ads, Movie Trailers

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistFebruary 8, 2021

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Ndamukong Suh tries to tackle Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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It's time for our favorite collective celebration of capitalism—watching and critiquing the commercials during the Super Bowl!

Super Bowl LV had some real winners, some true oddballs and more than a few forgettable spots Sunday. Let's review the evening's most interesting advertisement moments.

Before we start with all of these commercials, here's a tweet to help you sort out what you just saw:

Talia Lavin @chick_in_kiev

i once saw a video of luis buñuel's grandson saying advertisers adopted surrealism - juxtaposing dreamlike images on ordinary reality- and then present their product as a solution to the confusion, so you subconsciously think of the product as a solution to a problem you have https://t.co/CYlfz7J5Nl

M&Ms was one of the popular choices as a favorite commercial early in the Super Bowl with their spot on using the candy as a way to apologize:

Bill Oram @billoram

“I’m sorry I called you a Karen.” “But my name is Karen.” “I’m sorry your name is Karen.” How many times has this conversation been had in the last year??? 🤣

Chillin in my Bacta @DarthAmin

M&M’s early in the lead for best commercial.

Stewart Mandel @slmandel

M&M’s off to the early lead with “sorry your name is Karen.”

Sticking with the junk food theme, Matthew McConaughey helped usher 3D Doritos back into the fold as 1990s kids rejoiced:

Trae Crowder @traecrowder

Ima need some Surge to properly experience the rebooted 3D Doritos. #SuperBowlCommercials

Natalie Egenolf @NatalieEgenolf

I am more likely to buy 3D Doritos from Matthew McConaughey than I am a Lincoln.

Guess you could say that commercial didn't fall flat. Eh? EH?

Sticking on the theme of blasts from the past, Shaggy, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis combined for a Cheetos commercial that tugged on the strings of nostalgia:

Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne

Cheetos and Shaggy for the win!

Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux

Surprise Shaggy is wonderful

bomani @bomani_jones

who at cheetos was like "i think i can get shaggy"?

Granted, it was tough listening to Kutcher sing. He's a talented guy, but he isn't exactly reminding anybody of Freddie Mercury. Or even Shaggy, for that matter. But hey, it isn't easy to put yourself out there like that, so kudos to Kutcher for giving it his best effort.

Wait, did someone say nostalgia? We can do nostalgia:

Dan Wolken @DanWolken

Edward Scissorhands? These Super Bowl commercials are cleaning hard into consumers who grew up in the 90s.

Sarah Spain @SarahSpain

LOVE that Edward Scissorhands ad. Gotta go back and watch that movie. What a gem.

Stephen Meyer @StephenMeyerRDC

The hands-free Cadillac scissorhands commercial is my favorite of the night. Creative, cult-classic throwback, not obnoxiously overdone. I give it a solid A- on a night of BRUTAL commercials.

OK, moving on. Will Ferrell wants to fight Norway. Yeah, you wanna see that:

Bryan Behar @bryanbehar

Will Ferrell raging at Norway & punching a globe: first Super Bowl commercial I’ve laughed out loud at in years. Well done, GM. Or whoever it was for. I just remember Norway. #SuperBowl

The hero we need, even if he isn't the hero we deserve.

Speaking of superheroes, people were hype after Disney+ dropped a teaser for its new show, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier:

Andrew Goldfarb @garfep

i can’t believe we get this just two weeks after wandavision ends, AND still have loki, what if, ms. marvel, and hawkeye scheduled for this year. the MCU is too good to us https://t.co/F5otnujpNl

Chillin in my Bacta @DarthAmin

Put that Falcon and Winter Soldier into my veins @disneyplus

People also got a kick out of "Drake from State Farm," as the hip-hop star joined Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes:

Josiah Johnson @KingJosiah54

How Drake looked in the State Farm commercial https://t.co/OREyw4WaUG

Omar Jimenez @OmarJimenez

“Drake from State Farm” already platinum

Zane Lowe @zanelowe

Straight faced Comedy Drake strikes again. Always quality.

Drake and insurance, truly God's plan. Or something like that.

Things got weird with some of the commercials. People were downright confused about...oat milk? Oatly had a commercial with its CEO singing about Oatly and, well, it was weird:

Maximiliano Bretos @MaxBretosSports

Oatly used their entire Marketing budget thru 2026 on that Super Bowl ad.

Jack “CouRage” Dunlop @CouRageJD

That Oatly commercial was the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life...

𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗯 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗼𝗻 @calebsaysthings

either they forced the ceo of oatly to do that or he wanted to and neither will make me happy

Adam Hill @AdamHillLVRJ

Oatly is the clear winner of the commercial battle tonight because everyone is tweeting about how much they hated it. Keep seeing people tweet, "That was dumb. Why would they do that?" SO YOU'D REMEMBER IT AND TWEET ABOUT IT!!

Tom Schad @Tom_Schad

Marketing expert Janet Balis told me last month that she thought we might see a brand whiff so badly with its Super Bowl spot that it still generates buzz on social media, and actually ends up helping itself. Related: "Oatly" is trending on Twitter right now.

But hey, now we're talking about oat milk. So the advertisement worked. Whether people actually buy oat milk is up in the air.

While people tried to wrap their heads around oat milk, Tracy Morgan gave everyone a laugh on behalf of Rocket Mortgage:

Josh Wolf @joshwolfcomedy

I can watch @TracyMorgan do anything. Dude makes me laugh every time.

Jabari Young @JabariJYoung

Tracy Morgan 😂😂😂

elan gale @theyearofelan

Tracy Morgan repeatedly killing a family of four makes me feel ready to buy a house

Oh, and anybody else want a Jason Alexander hoodie after seeing this Tide commercial?

Chillin in my Bacta @DarthAmin

Ok tide.....I laughed

Ad Age @adage

Those Jason Alexander hoodies would be sold out if Tide made them #SuperBowl

Don't lie. You want that sweatshirt.

Another Super Bowl, another set of extraordinarily expensive commercials. Were you digging them this year, or did they fall flat for you? Which was your favorite? Which had you scratching your head in bewilderment, and why was it Oatly?

Sound off below.