Taylor Swift Knows All Too Well How to Put on a Masterful Performance: Netflix Doc Review
Are you ready for it? Taylor Swift's Reputation tour documentary is now streaming on Netflix, which illuminates the singer's power, dedication, and strength as an artist.
Filmed on the last night of her U.S. tour in Arlington, Texas, Swift brought as much energy to this stop as she did to her opener in Glendale, Ariz. (which I attended in person).
Swift explained that this was her 30th show in the Dallas-area, and thanked those in attendance for spending their Saturday night with her. And we get to see just how hard to she truly worked to make this special.
As amazing as her show is if you're in the audience, the doc allows you to get more of a feel of the singer as a performer -- and experience just how delicately everything is staged. From passes of the microphone, to tilted stages and costume changes, Swift made everything look effortless.
Even the cold she had that night was expertly choreographed. As one backup dancer presented her with a tissue, Swift told her fans she was going to turn around to blow her nose, then gushed over the presentation of the tissues. "I've never been handed a tissue with more ... commitment." And her voice soared, despite her ailment, filling up the stadium as the audience sang and swayed along with her.
At every city on this tour, Swift took care to give fans what they craved -- in the form of one of her rarely played songs. Like in Glendale, this time in Arlington she chose "All Too Well," which allegedly chronicles the end of her relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal -- but is a huge favorite of Swifties across the world.
Another agenda item for the star? Artists' financial independence. In the concert, she dedicated "Dress" to Loie Fuller -- a woman "who fought for artists to own their work." Swift recently put her money where her mouth is, signing a new contract with UMG that will allow her to own her masters going forward and paves the way for other artists in the streaming era.
Swift also highlighted the people who made the concert -- and her tour -- possible. From her dancers, to her band, to the parking attendants and people who sold the food, she left no one unacknowledged.
"And in death of her reputation, she felt truly alive," the end card read. We know now that Swift is truly living her best life.
The songs, the lights, her glittery outfits and nails, her loosely curled hair flowing from her head like a well-groomed rock star -- Swift gave a gorgeous look into her world as one of today's greatest entertainers.
Watch Taylor Swift's Reputation tour documentary on Netflix now.