I recently shared my thoughts on ‘Folklore‘ by Taylor Swift, and I thought it was time to share my thoughts on ‘Miss Americana’, Taylor’s documentary all about her life in the limelight and her experiences, both as a singer-songwriter, and as a young woman navigating her way in the world.
I watched this documentary a few months ago, but I forgot to write down all my thoughts. I’m a huge Taylor Swift fan- and this documentary is no exception. I loved it so much, and I actually re-watched it the other day.
I’ve always admired Taylor Swift as a singer and a song-writer, and this documentary really lets the viewer explore Taylor’s “process” as she thinks of an idea, and starts writing her lyrics down on paper. As a fan, I loved watching this process, getting a snapshot view of what goes into her writing and her music. It’s clearly a lot of hard work, and I loved seeing how her tracks took shape, forming fantastic albums.
While she writes a lot of the lyrics herself, I love how Taylor shows the other people involved in the song-making progress- she gives the impression that her music is about more than just her story, and she shows the various people who support and advise her- including her mum, her friends, and song-writers.
I also really liked how the documentary showed how Taylor’s experiences in life had a direct effect on her music. You can really see the progression she’s made as an artist when watching this documentary- and the various life experiences that sparked the changing pace of her music.
Whether a particular song comes across as angry, loving, or deeply sad- there’s always an inspiration behind the path her music takes. As she says on the documentary- a lot of her fans can relate to these feelings too- especially those that have followed her as she’s grown up, and followed this musical progression throughout her career so far.
I loved how Taylor addressed the ridiculous beauty standards set for women by society. She speaks primarily about her experiences with fat-shaming, body image, and eating disorders, but she also talks about how she feels she must always be “perfect“- with society setting standards that all women fail to live up to.
I thought it was interesting to see how she reacted to all the hate thrown her way, and the viewer can see just how much it has affected her over the years. It’s clear from the documentary that throughout her career Taylor has been on a very personal (and often difficult) journey, especially considering issues such as her sexual harassment law suit, and the hate she’s received for just about everything she’s done.
I loved watching Taylor’s political involvement during this documentary, as well as her role in the Pride movement. Before watching this, I didn’t really know much about her involvement in American politics, or the great lengths she had to go to in order to actually speak out and move on from her “good girl” country roots. This was a really interesting development to watch- and it’s amazing the influence a big celebrity can have on issues such as voting registration- even if things didn’t quite go as she wanted.
Overall this is a fantastic documentary, and I loved watching the clips of Taylor Swift performing, the scenes of Taylor writing lyrics for the first time, and the touching experiences between Taylor and her friends and family. I think this is a great watch for any fan of Taylor Swift- but her expression of what it’s like to be a young woman in today’s society and all the anger, and love, and fear, and hope she expresses makes it a great watch for anyone.
What are your thoughts on ‘Miss Americana’? What’s your favourite song by Taylor Swift? Are there any singers you’d like to see a documentary about?
Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
Happy reading x