Taylor Swift’s all too good is far too powerful

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The movie: “Too good: The short film”

Where you can stream it: Youtube

The Pitch: Taylor Swift is one of the biggest pop stars on the planet and has been for some time. With the speed we go, she may end up becoming the undisputed master of pop music before it’s all said and done. Currently, Swift has been on a unique mission where she has re-recorded all of her old albums. Not for the sake of vanity, mind you. Instead, she takes ownership of her work. Most artists do not really own their work, record companies do. In Swift’s case, her first several albums were owned by her former label, Big Machine Music, and sold to the highest bidder, music manager Scooter Braun. As anyone with a passing familiarity knows, the music industry is not friendly to artists, and if someone as powerful as Swift can be boned out of owning her masters, even when she was willing to pay the price, then imagine what happens with the little guy.

Swift uses a pretty big loophole as she owns the songs as a writer, just not the recordings, and now she is painstakingly recycling these albums and releasing them as “Taylor’s Version” editions. It is a kind of fantastic exercise in artistic autonomy at the highest level. Most recently, the Grammy winner released her new version of “Red”, perhaps her most defining and beloved album. To agree, Swift decided to step into the director’s chair and release a short film for the new, expanded version of her fan-favorite track “All Too Well”.

This goes far beyond a pure marketing stunt to help pump up album sales. Swift becomes rather personal as a filmmaker to deliver a brief but powerful look at love that has gone wrong, which is pretty much what her brilliant masterpiece of a pop song has always been. Now? She has delivered a short film worthy of the excellence of that song, which is not a small thing. Even for those who are not necessarily fans of Swift’s music, this is a truly gripping and stomach-churning look at the universal feeling we call love.

Why it is important to see

Not everyone likes pop music, and that’s fair. I do not like country music (generally speaking) and millions of people do. But love is a truly ubiquitous feeling, and there is a reason why both music critics and fans fell in love with “All Too Well,” as it is a painfully honest look at heartache that feels so intimate and raw. Yes, the song is supposedly about a very famous actor with whom Swift had a relationship. I will not bother with that here, because that is not the intention. The point is, the emotions she felt during that breakup were very real and captured on “Red,” where “All Too Well” served as the magnum opus on that album.

With the short film, one of the most famous people in the world has offered an even more intimate window into these emotions, with Dylan O’Brien (“Teen Wolf”) and Sadie Sink (“Stranger Things”) starring as the couple at. center of this thing that was a masterpiece until it was torn up. Both actors are fully committed to the narrative in a way that is directly admirable, as their performance makes the viewer feel what they are feeling, so much so that it really comes to you on points. I understand the line “You’re calling me back just to break me as a promise” more thoroughly – and I almost wish I did not. This is not a glorified music video. This is a really impressive, raw piece of filmmaking from Swift that really makes a touching love story on screen, no matter how short it may be. Although the short film format helps with the whole whirlwind-romantic aspect of it all.

Pure good film production

“All Too Well: The Short Film” will be a major screening for fans of Taylor Swift. I’m not here to convince any Swifties to watch it, because they certainly already have. I’m here to get someone rolling their eyes at the thought. People who love movies and might think that a pop star directing a short film about one of her popular, remake songs is full of hubris or something like that. I’m here to tell you that is not the case. This is an artist who has a lot to say and who has managed to do it on a medium we did not know she could do it in. These are two amazing actors who give real star performances. It’s filmmaking as a craft that shoots on all cylinders. The fact that it happens to be linked to a masterpiece of a pop song, written and directed by the author of that song, one of the most famous people alive, makes it even more fascinating.

Simple and straightforward, this is a magnificent, destructive, affective piece of filmmaking that has the ability to surprise those not involved in this artist’s work. I have no doubt that it acts as gangbusters for those who already love the work, but this love letter to heartache deserves respect and appreciation because it is genuine, universal and genuine. This can not be falsified. And if the last shot does not get you right in the emotional bone, we are not the same.

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