By Gregory Sams
Taylor Swift’s long-awaited Netflix documentary “Miss Americana” is finally getting close to its debut. Announced Dec. 13, 2019 fans have been patiently waiting for more to be revealed about the upcoming film.
With final rounds of press going out, Swift herself did an interview with Variety magazine talking about why she’s no longer “polite at all costs.”
“And I think one theme that ended up emerging in the film is what happens when you are not just a people pleaser but someone who’s always been respectful of authority figures, doing what you were supposed to do, being polite at all costs. I still think it’s important to be polite, but not at all costs,” she says. “Not when you’re being pushed beyond your limits, and not when people are walking all over you. I needed to get to a point where I was ready, able and willing to call out bulls— rather than just smiling my way through it.”
In addition to the interview on Jan. 22, 2019 the long-awaited trailer dropped shortly after the interview released.
The official synopsis for the film released from Sundance is as follows:
Taylor Swift is a global icon who repeatedly tops the charts, fills stadium tours with rapturous fans, and continues to challenge herself both professionally and personally while remaining steadfast in her vision as an artist. Few have achieved as much as Swift, or have had their personal lives open to such public scrutiny, but in Miss Americana, she finds herself at a watershed moment in her career, using her platform not only as a singer-songwriter, but as a woman fearlessly harnessing the full power of her voice.
Director Lana Wilson (After Tiller, 2013 Sundance Film Festival) offers a multifaceted window into Swift, her creative process, and her singular experience of being one of the brightest lights on the world’s global stage. Showcasing Swift’s trademark vulnerability and her fierce intelligence and wit, Wilson captures moments both tender and exhilarating as the superstar embarks on the latest chapter of her already extraordinary career.
The film looks to follow multiple topics career wise in addition what has been going on in her personal life such as: The making of her albums “Reputation” and “Lover,” making of individual songs like “Me!” and music videos such as “You Need to Calm Down,” as well as the aggravations of global stardom, her infamous 2016 feud with Kanye West, her disappearance from social media and seemingly life for a year prior to Reputation’s release, “Reputation” and how it was received by the Recording Academy, body image struggles, political and religious values, her 2018 sexual assault trial, her relationship and lastly her mother’s ongoing battle with cancer.
Last decade belonged to Swift. After releasing her third and self-written album “Speak Now” in 2010, “RED” in 2012, her 2014 Album of The Year winning “1989,” “Reputation,” in 2017 and “Lover” in 2019, these bodies of art and work landed her multiple awards and titles but most importantly ending the decade named “Artist of the Decade” by the AMAS, “Female Artist of the Decade” by Billboard and taking the 8thspot on Rolling Stone’s top 10 artists of all time, it’s going to be interesting to see what all went on behind the scenes. By the looks of the trailer, it looks as if the documentary will begin post “1989” era and pre “Reputation” era.
“Nobody physically saw me for a year, and I thought that’s what they wanted.”
As a Swiftie, it’s the most exciting to see what exactly happened when she disappeared for a year that left fans wondering if she would even return to music. The album dropped after this break received little to no promo and ended up smashing sales records and tour records. Nonetheless the behind the scenes look at the global superstar will be interesting to see.
Be sure to watch “Miss Americana” on Netflix Jan. 31.