Watching this film so close to release just confirms what a massive Swiftie I’ve become.
As music documentaries good, this is pretty well done. The access is surprising since pop stars of her level rarely grant it, and Lana Wilson is allowed to make her own argument about what is important to know about Taylor Swift right now.
This is also the crux of my reservations about the film. Swift’s voiceover seems to be derived from on-camera interviews with Swift, that are occasionally seen in the film. Reading any interview with Swift, there is a tension between the honest assessment of her own life, past, and career, that she is sharing with her interviewer and thus her fans, and the editorialising inherent to such an exchange.
If you’re on letterboxd, I’m here.
Films seen: 24
Films directed by women: 2
Strong recommendations: Little Women, Marriage Story, The Big Short, Midsommar
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