The lighting of the first interview scenes is attractive and soft. These main events are comprised of the processes of creating many of her hit songs, pop-cultural events, like Kanye West taking her microphone away at the VMA's, and her advocacy for a democratic Senator in her home state of Tennessee.
The moments that are meant to make the audience feel connected to Swift feel like any interview she has done - just longer and placed in a more lonely light. "We do not do that anymore because it's better to think you look fat than to look sick", Swift said about what she says to herself when she is judging her body. Her release of "Fearless" in 2008 was a break into country-pop, and her first album as a producer.
Swift's quirks still shine through the more serious tone of a documentary film.
In fact, she recognizes that her career has been too guided.
Unaware that the crowd was booing at West, Swift recounts this experience by saying, "For someone who's built their whole belief system on getting people to clap for you, the whole crowd booing is a pretty formative experience". But being in the public eye can take a toll. In this documentary, she seems to have learned that romance is best kept under wraps for her, and it seems to be working with latest lover Joe Alwyn.
The documentary also offers an insight into the loneliness of her position as one of the most successful female musicians of all time. Swift writes with a vengeance but also with a heart full of love. Because of the short duration of this section, I felt disconnected from Swift's come-up story and was left with the impression that she was given her fame, rather than it being earned.
The documentary instantly starts off showing one of Swift's more vulnerable moments, in a scene where she finds out her 2017 album reputation was not nominated for the 2018 Grammy's. The catch is, she filed the lawsuit for $1 and won the case.
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The documentary, directed by Lana Wilson, follows Swift's journey into love and politics.
In this Taylor Swift's Instagram post, Taylor ditched her bold lip colour and is seen donning very subtle makeup.
The following segment features her political statement in "Only the Young".
The Miss Americana star never fails to experiment with her makeup. "I want to wear pink and tell you how I feel about politics".
The documentary catapults it's subject matter off Swift being told that "A nice girl doesn't force her opinions on people".
The film is intentional and engaging. Miss Americana's sub-90 minute runtime is bloated with scenes that make Taylor appear approximately as entertaining as being stuck in traffic, which is especially frustrating when there is clearly evidence of at least some worthwhile points of interest among the monotony. Do politics and music mix?
I ended up with a greater knowledge of and sympathy for Swift, even though the goal of trying to elicit sympathy through a documentary is worth recognizing. Swift advocated for the documentary to be made and its invoking of sympathy makes me question why Swift wanted the documentary made so badly. The film emphasises the fragile nature of Swift's fame and the constant attacks she faces, not only from men but from fellow women eager to "tear her down". Taylor Swift has always been extremely eloquent.