On January 31st, Miss Americana dropped onto Netflix. This 85 minute documentary is a close insight into Taylor Swift’s journey from young girl with big dreams to the international superstar she is today. And what a tough journey it has been.
As you may know, I’m a huge Taylor Swift fan. Whenever I say this to people, more often than not I’m greeted by a negative response. I’ve always thought, if I’m sick of what people say when I tell them I love Taylor, imagine how she copes. This documentary gave me all the answers I need… and then some.
SPEAK NOW AND SPEAK LOUD
In this revealing film, we see homemade videos of her songwriting process, music video ideas, management meetings and more. It gives us such a close view on Taylor Swift’s life behind the stage and songs. And while you’re probably thinking – how could someone with so much money and fame be hurting so much? One watch of Miss Americana and you’ll see why.
From the moment she entered the music industry, she’s been told that “nice girls don’t speak up, and they don’t force their opinions onto others“. This film for me was her breakthrough, and her time to finally speak. She talks about winning a court case against the radio host who sexually harassed her, gay rights, American politics… things that even in the documentary her dad advises her not to do. But she doesn’t listen, and it’s very inspiring.
Another thing she touches upon is her issues with Kimye. They play the clip of Kanye interrupting her at the VMAs, as well as the video of his concert where he says ‘fuck Taylor Swift’. I mean, that’s shit for anyone. But then you see how Twitter trends ‘#taylorswiftisoverparty‘, and then you really start to feel sorry for her. What was once a bubbly young girl with huge dreams is now crying on her sofa because she thinks the whole world hates her.
FROM OVER TO LOVER
The documentary however is not all doom and gloom, it’s actually very inspiring. Especially so is the part where she talks about her eating habits and how she’s really happy with her boyfriend, Joe. She says she wants to always have a ‘sharp pen, thin skin and open heart’ and wants to continue being a success for as long as she can be.
This documentary for me is just more clarification she’s the best artist in the world. I can’t think of another musician who is so invested in their songwriting process on a scale that Taylor Swift is. She’s talented, and regardless of how much it hurts when people talk shit about her, she knows who she is and she is happy that there’s no one quite like her. I think this film was made in the hope that we can feel the same way about ourselves.