Taylor Swift charts her decision to speak out politically in ‘Miss Americana’
Taylor Swift details the process that lead her to speak out politically in “Miss Americana,” an uneven documentary that provides behind-the-scenes insight into the singer’s upbringing and awakening, while occasionally feeling like the kind of celebrity reality series you might find on E! or Bravo.
Drawing from home video in the early going, director Lana Wilson documents how Swift grew up as an entertainer, becoming “the person who everyone wanted me to be,” as she puts it in the direct-to-camera interviews.
She also discusses the unhealthy aspects of that existence, from the dangers associated with “living for the approval of strangers” to disclosing an eating disorder, saying that overcoming the latter required “changing the channel in our brain.”
So far, so pretty familiar, in terms of the rich and often self-serving trove of documentaries used to humanize stars. That includes showing Swift playing with a kitten.
Swift also recalls the much-discussed incident when Kanye West interrupted her acceptance speech at MTV’s Video Music Awards in 2009 — a “pretty formative experience for me” — and the challenges of living under the camera’s gaze, at one point crying amid a medley of commentators discussing her and saying, “It just gets loud sometimes.”