While I’ve never sat down and listed to a full album, I’m man enough to admit that there are some Taylor Swift songs I unironically like (a lot.) That said for every Paper Rings or Style you have embarrassing tracks like Love Story or Shake It Off or one of the worst pop songs in recent memory with Look What You Made Me Do. That said I did approach this Netflix documentary with an open mind but also in the knowledge that her fans will eat it up regardless of content of quality. How was it?
Honestly this is an odd piece of work. There are moments where it is surprisingly effective at capturing Swift in her natural environment and showcasing what it is like to be one of the most famous and influential women in 2020. That said it also wants to be a glossy advert for her and her achievements in the vein of those super glossy pop “documentaries” that were fairly common in the first half of the 2010s (focusing on Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and One Direction to name three. ) It wants to have its cake and eat it and as a non-fan I don’t think it’s entirely successful at doing that. That said it’s nowhere near as bad as it might have been and the sections of it that work are good enough for a qualified recommendation to non-fans if you want a glimpse at the creative process of one of the world’s biggest recording artists
PS. The film moment to beat in 2020 thus far goes to Swift describing a friends child as like a Tamagotchi at one point.