Documentaries on musical celebrities are the flavour of the season. Close on the heels of Rihanna’s mega deal with Amazon Prime Video for exclusive rights to the documentary on her life, and Justin Bieber’s much-publicised YouTube docuseries Justin Bieber: Seasons, comes another straight-from-the-heart documentary film featuring an entertainment bigwig – Taylor Swift’s Miss Americana. This one is a Netflix production.
Miss Americana takes an intimate look at the life of one of the top earning members of the musical fraternity, who’s also a squeaky clean one. Taylor Swift has hardly been part of any raging controversy in her 15-year long musical career. In fact, she’s known as America’s sweetheart for her clean, polite and well-mannered ways. On the other hand, she’s often been slammed for remaining conspicuously quiet on political issues and for not taking a stand.
But the past two years have brought about a noticeable shift in her demeanour. Most importantly, she’s gone from being studiously apolitical, to taking a political stand. She publicly endorsed two democratic candidates in 2018, in her home state of Tennessee. She has extended staunch support for the Equality Act, calling out the Trump administration over its discriminatory ways several times.
The Netflix Original documentary movie covers all these aspects of Taylor Swift’s life. As she says in the trailer of Miss Americana, “Throughout my whole career, label executives would just say: ‘A nice girl doesn’t force their opinions on people. A nice girl smiles and waves and says thank you.’ I became the person everyone wanted me to be.” The film chronicles how she goes from being Little Miss Perfect to becoming Brave Miss Vocal.
Miss Americana documents a lot of unknown facts about Taylor Swift’s personality. It talks about her battle with eating disorders and her strife to live up to a certain kind of body image. It touches upon her relationship with her boyfriend, British actor Joe Alwyn, hitherto kept hidden by her from prying public eyes.
Directed by Lara Wilson, the one hour 25 minute long documentary film also features her new, unreleased single, titled ‘Only The Young’, which will be released on the same day as Miss Americana.
Although primarily meant for streaming on the Netflix OTT platform, it will also be released in select theatres for a limited time frame by Netflix.
Miss Americana will be out on Netflix on January 31.
Watch the trailer here –
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