Miss Americana (2020) A Review

Not usually one for Documentaries if I’m honest.  And especially not about celebrities. But I had heard some really great things about this one. And I am a not so in the closet Taylor Swift fan so gave this a try.

Certificate: 15

Director: Lana Wilson

Starring: Taylor Swift, Andrea Swift, Scott Swift

Genre: Documentary

Runtime: 85 Minutes

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Just in case the world hadn’t seen enough of Taylor Swift we were given this absolute gem on Netflix.  A behind the scenes look at the life and struggles of one of the 21st Centuries biggest female artists. 

If you have a young girl in your life who loves Taylor Swift this is something that would be so valuable to them.  She talks about a lot of deep personal issues as well as wider more important issues, especially those revolving around politics in the US and the struggles women face everyday in their professional lives, whether you chose to be an entertainer or not.  And a lot of what she has to say in well informed, intelligent and moving.  It would be a great way to open up those conversations with young women in your life, and to make them aware of the problems facing young women today.

But it’s not all political statements and hard topics.  There are also plenty of moments of just Taylor Swift being the adorable, dorky, quirky, fun human being that we love her for being.  It shows us that she is human.  That she lies around her house in comfy clothes and talks to her cats and makes dinner for her friends.  It has a great balance of the things that are important to talk about and the things that are fun to see.

I almost wish it had been longer.  Now that I have heard her talking on these topics and I know she has such intelligent things to say, I want to hear her say more.  And that is my main criticism of this documentary.  I wish it had been about half an hour longer.

For those of you interested in seeing this, and I know it’s a niche market, Miss Americana is available to watch in the UK on Netflix now.

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