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Review | This night is flawless

‘The Eras Tour’ movie will make fans want to rise to their feet and sing along
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Taylor Swift attends “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” concert movie world premiere at AMC The Grove 14 on Oct. 11, 2023, in Los Angeles.

The lights started to dim, everyone in the theater started clapping, and then it got quiet… the intro gave me chills. The song “Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince” was the opener. However, before the song played the screen showed SoFi Stadium and the speakers began to play all her old intros from her 19 years of being an artist. Some of the songs were “Fearless,” “Our Song,” “End Game,” “Speak Now” and so much more.

Taylor Swift’s music is beyond amazing, but it is not her voice that gets me. It is her lyrics and the way Swift, her producer, and her choreographer pull everything together. She just has a song for any situation.

I would imagine that it would be hard to move that much during a three-hour concert, especially when the stage is so huge, and when you are in a bunch of different outfits. Swift was constantly moving and running around, like running around in a dress – no way. Some of the outfits may be uncomfortable, and when you throw in rain during shows, mic malfunctions and instrument malfunctions, personally, it would stress me out.

There were so many issues in this huge production, some Taylor-haters started referring to it as “The Errors Tour.” One issue was that Swift’s piano broke due to rain at Gillette Stadium. The piano started playing by itself and Swift had said, “this has clearly broken my keyboard. It was literally underwater – I don’t know how any of the instruments were working last night.”

Swift’s outfits are phenomenal, especially performing “Folklore,” “1989” and “Midnights.” “Folklore” includes dresses that look angelic and they have such pretty colors. “1989” incorporates sparkly two-pieces. Some were orange, blue, purple and more. During “Midnights,” Swift wears a sparkly dark blue bodysuit, and for the last few songs Swift wears a sparkly dress and a fluffy jacket over it.

“Don’t Blame Me,” “Style” and “Champagne Problems” were the best performed. “Don’t Blame Me” has a lot of power to it, especially with the bridge and the high note. The bridge is the build-up to the high note and it is also the most different part of the song. “Style” is just a fun song to listen to. It is a high-energy song and everyone sings along to it. “Champagne Problems” is just a dramatic song, but not one where it is an “oh feel bad for me” type of song. The bridge is beautifully written and sung. The standing ovation was nearly eight minutes long.

Was it what I expected from what everyone was saying? I mean, yes, but I thought people were being dramatic when saying that it was the best concert ever. Swift puts on great shows, but I did not expect what I saw in theaters. The film captures all the little moments, with dads singing along, grandparents, kids, and more. It is like you are at the concert with the big screen in front of you.

Swift went from a young girl playing her guitar at a bar to this astonishing young woman playing her sixth stadium tour, performing her most triumph albums in front of 70,000 people.

Let that sink in. Not a lot of artists can do that off their second album. After years of waiting, Swift’s dream tour finally happened, and she delivered it with flying colors. If you could not get tickets, I highly recommend going to see the film.

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