Netflix's Taylor Swift documentary feels like a saved self-portrait

  • Netflix's Taylor Swift documentary feels like a saved self-portrait

Netflix's Taylor Swift documentary feels like a saved self-portrait

She won dozens of awards at nearly every music show, and was criticized for the notorious surprised expression she made when she won.

Wilson highlights a number of important moments in Swift's life that deconstructed this belief system and those that put her life into perspective.

When Wilson asks Swift if the cameras ever felt intrusive, the 30-year-old shares that more often than not, she'd get lost in her work: "I disappear into my phone, because my phone is where I keep my notes and my phone is where I'm editing". Miss Americana offers another piece in the puzzle of Swift's identity: this portrait delves beneath the polished technical prowess to depict the individual behind the music.

And, even though the movie does not go in-depth about the disease, it makes us see the struggles Taylor faces.

Du additionally included that the documentary also showed Swift's view on women's politics and rights through several detailed stories that enabled her to become familiar with her idol better. A broader theme of men's mistreatment of Swift runs throughout the documentary, from male executives controlling her media image to her sexual assault by a radio host at a photo op. Swift confesses to not eating in order to maintain a look she thought she was supposed to have.

There is an emotionally intense part in the film where Swift appears distraught discussing politics with her parents. The documentary shows Swift as a woman seeking validation and showing her own vulnerability, yet demonstrates her ability to bite back and be heard. In a strikingly vulnerable moment, Swift opens up about an eating disorder she dealt with in her 20s. She enjoys being on top of the world when she's singing to a stadium packed with hundreds of thousands of fans, but she still goes home alone, and that eats at her. Seeing Swift's growth as a singer-songwriter and performer is astounding. She is learning to cope with being so widely hated and criticized, focusing on the good that she has, and will continue to foster into existence.

Before the film's release, there was speculation that the documentary would be filled with details of Swift's relationship with British actor Joe Alwyn. "There is no such thing as someone who is in bossy, there is just a boss", says Swift, towards the end of the documentary.

She added: "You weren't invasive at all. I think it's normal".

The documentary then follows Swift's new-found desire to publicly fight for what she believes in. Swift also wrote a song called "Soon You'll Get Better" on her album "Lover" about her mom's illness. This really is to her credit and it will hopefully make people stop and think about just why she provokes such a strong reaction when mentioned.

It's often hard for the general public to think about celebrities having a real and valid life aside from their art, but "Miss Americana" proves that there is more to what you see. Swift explains that she was so obsessed with not getting in trouble that she decided not to do anything anyone could say something about.

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 has a large platform from which to reach and influence a huge audience: The star has 126 million followers on Instagram alone.