Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour – Summary/ Review (with Spoilers)

Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour - Title Card
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Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour starts strong, universally likable, but then becomes the kind of film which may only appeal to Swift’s fans.


Director(s) Paul Dugdale
Date Released 12/31/2018
Genre(s) Musical, Concert
Good If You Like Love Songs

Songs Which Remind You Of Being Young, Carefree, Maybe Also Insecure

This Isn’t For You If You Think Concerts Should Be Huge, Ridiculous Spectacles

Believe Concert Films Should Give Behind The Scenes Clips Throughout The Movie vs. The End

Aren’t Someone Who Appreciates Some of Taylor Swift’s Music

Like Songs That Don’t, Eventually, Seem Like They Could All Easily Blend Into One 30 Minute Song

Noted Cast
Herself Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour Summary

From tracks from her new album Reputation going all the way back to one of her first big tracks “Love Story,” the concert film covers nearly all the hits you can think of. Well, outside of “I Knew You Were Trouble.” Giving what is sure to excite dedicated fans, reignite old fans interest, and maybe pick up a handful of new ones.

Collected Quote(s) or .Gifs

May your heart remain breakable but never by the same hand twice.

Highlights

Staff Appreciation

Some of the people who performed on stage with Taylor Swift.

I know this is a peculiar thing to highlight, but I truly loved how appreciative she was of her crew and even stadium staff. From taking a moment to personally, by name, shout out her dancers and singers, to thanking security towards the latter half, it was stand up of her. However, the icing on the cake was that, in the credits, the members of her band, dancers, and singers, got a photo next to their name in the credits.

Now, I don’t know much about the music industry, but being able to put a face to a name could be a big deal for these people. Especially since their job title was in there and this is going to be seen by possibly millions. Making it so, even with being associated with this tour, it could very well set them up for their next gig. So kudos to whoever made that artistic decision.

The Energy Of The Beginning

Taylor Swift and some of her dancers.

We’ve come to the point where I feel the need to put in the disclaimer that I appreciate Taylor Swift’s music, but I’m neither a fan nor stan. What I mean by that is, I would never pay for anything she puts out and she isn’t someone whose work I’m fiending for. I enjoy her music for, as said in the “Good If You Like” section, her music gives a sense of nostalgia. In my head, the way she writes her lyrics brings about the purest of desires to be loved, considered desirable, and wanting to find someone to share this journey called life with.

Yet, this doesn’t mean all of her music is longing and lovesick. Which is perhaps why I loved how the tour started. While very much deep in the theme of love desired, you better recognize what you see, and what have you, all that was paired with an infectious energy. I’m talking about the kind where, even if the song was kind of eh, the way she and her team performed made it something which could grow on you.

Criticism

The Energy Started To Die As Of “All Too Well” And Never Recovered

That ended with “All Too Well.” Once that guitar came out, and things got drastically slowed down, maybe for the sake of pacing or Swift’s endurance, thus begin me tuning out and skipping ahead. It even got to the point I went onto Wikipedia to see if there were any songs of hers I did like and wanted to hear. Pushing the idea that, taking note of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, it would have been awesome if this movie came with you getting to skip to the next song easily.

Taylor Swift noting she is going to blow her nose.
Taylor Swift: This is just gonna be me blowing my nose.

The End Credit Preparation For The Show/ Tour Scenes Should Have Been Integrated Throughout The Main Movie

Being that some of my first concert films were Madonna’s, which technically are documentaries, I must admit I felt there should have been behind the scenes stuff littered throughout the movie. After all, this is Taylor Swift’s first stadium tour so, even though this behemoth was already two hours, it would have helped to have this between the acts. Especially after “All Too Well” since there could have been jokes, nice behind the scenes moments, if not, as we saw before “Getaway Car” an inspirational video.

On The Fence

Is Her Music This Repetitive?

I’m not a music critic, hence why that category does not exist on the site, but is it just me or does a lot of her music blend? Being that I don’t know many of her songs, which weren’t singles, sometimes I couldn’t tell when one song ended, and the other began. Also, I gotta admit, there were times I felt like the same lyrics were used and her approach to singing about romance didn’t change from album to album.

Which, as noted above, is part of her appeal. While 29, there is still a middle school/ high school vibe to her lyrics. And while, yes, there is some innuendo in there, nothing about what she writes is all that complicated or sexual. But, I gotta say, while the beat may change, outside of the songs I know are from Reputation, it seems her music didn’t as drastically evolve as her sound.

Overall: Mixed (Divisive) | Available on Netflix

Taylor Swift winking.

While cheaper than buying a ticket, and better than dealing with a bunch of fans who could potentially ruin the experience, I can’t say Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour is for casual fans. The experience may begin on a high, but there comes a certain point where you need to love Taylor Swift to say you enjoyed it from start to end. Hence the mixed label. While I’m sure fans will love this, especially with the right sound system and screen setup, those who aren’t big fans may get the hype but certainly may not want to stick around for the full film.


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