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Going to the movies (Taylor’s Version)

Writer Rishitha Bonthu gives her opinion and reviews Taylor Swift’s “Eras Tour” concert movie.
Alex Cowdrey

World-renowned artist Taylor Swift has concluded the US leg of her record-breaking “Eras Tour”. Since this tour was so insanely successful, many fans could not get tickets. Now, those who couldn’t attend her show in person are now able to experience it from the movie theater. 

The footage is from the last show of her North American leg, in Los Angeles, California’s SoFi Stadium. Although the movie doesn’t compare to seeing Taylor perform live, watching the film gives you a closer view of her show. You get closer footage and can therefore notice the small details, such as how her microphone changed colors for each new era she moved into. As well as different camera angles, the film included close-ups during intense parts of the show and zooming out when songs had more of an optical performance. 

The movie also includes the audience in it, such as when Taylor gives her 22 hat to the late Kobe Bryant’s daughter Bianka Bryant, and the reactions of the audience during more emotional songs. 

For me, being able to see both the movie and go to the concert was an unforgettable experience. It was one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen, with Swift spanning all 17 years of her music with endless energy, and by watching the movie, I was to experience that all over again. Even though I had already been to the concert, I didn’t find the movie boring, because I could now experience it from a different perspective and notice the differences between my show and L.A.’s. However, unlike some of Swift’s movies before, the movie was only Taylor’s set; there’s no opening act and we do not get to see any of the behind-the-scenes. 

One major difference between the movie and the concert was that many songs were cut out of the film, such as “cardigan” and “The Archer”. This was most likely done to cut the running time of the movie down since it already runs for 2 hours and 45 minutes, but it was disappointing since those are some of my favorite songs.  

One of the aspects I enjoyed the most about the movie was not actually the film itself, but rather the amazing atmosphere it created. The fans made the movie into a whole experience and treated it like an actual concert, trading friendship bracelets, dressing up, and singing along.

Overall, I enjoyed it and think the movie was worth watching. It also allowed people to have the experience of going to the concert for much cheaper and is a great alternative for those who couldn’t get tickets.

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About the Contributors
Rishitha Bonthu
Rishitha Bonthu, Writer
Rishi Bonthu is a sophomore and a writer for “The Express”. This is her first year on staff. Rishi is also involved in girls golf, DECA, Science Olympiad, and Kay Club. In her free time Rishi enjoys reading, baking, making clothes, and spending time with her friends. Rishi looks forward to being on staff and is excited to make new friends and develop her writing skills.
Alex Cowdrey
Alex Cowdrey, Managing Editor
Alex Cowdrey is a senior and Managing Editor for “The Express.” This is her third year on staff as a writer and designer. Outside of newspaper, Alex is involved in Team up for St. Jude’s, NHS, Quill and Scroll, and girl’s soccer. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing soccer, and being outside. Alex is extremely excited to take on the role of managing editor and cannot wait to see where this year takes us as a staff!

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