Get ready to play a game of "Will the real Taylor Swift please stand up?" in this tricky and twisty sci-fi bonanza directed TSwift's visual assassin Joseph Kahn. The plot involves the pop star's current incarnation confronting cyborg replicant that's more than ready to break out her glass box and start kicking some ass on her behalf. Ready for it?
It's a fairy tale where Taylor Swift doesn't need to wait for any Prince Charming to save her in this latest epic collaboration with director Joseph Kahn. She just needs to decide to turn around and move on from her entanglements. That journey is anything but easy, however, as our heroine goes from the oceans edge to an icy peak and into a forest that's invariably filled with snarling dogs, menacing fire and malicious brances (note: I'd reference Evil Dead her, but why start the New Year that twisted, right?).
Can Taylor Swift and director Joseph Kahn do big and intimate at the same time in a video? Of course, they can. Welcome to Africa for this period piece where Taylor is a classic movie starlet falling into and away from her leading man, Scott Eastwood. Stay tuned through the end, since there's one last chance for romance at the fateful, yet chilly movie premiere.
Welcome to EXTREME Girl Power. Taylor Swift, director Joseph Kahn and a seemingly countless amount of cameos — Rihanna, Ellie Goulding, Lena Dunham, Hayley Williams, Hailee Steinfeld... you get the picture] — do in four minutes what Sucker Punch tried to do in about 110.
Wouldn't be surprised if the budgets were similar.
If you're going to do anything that's even close to the masterful True Detective opening credits, then you better do it well. And if you know anything about Taylor Swift, then you know that she only does things well. "Style" plays with double-exposures, projections and other tricks as we see a love affair come together and shatter apart again and again.
Pity the fool who decides to ruin a fairy tale romance with Taylor Swift, because not only do you get banished from the palace — yes, palace — but you also find yourself in serious danger once she unleashes her inner She-Devil.
Let's be honest. When it comes to videos about a music icon captured in the twilight of his career, sprinkled with images of a vibrant past, virtually nothing will top "Hurt." But that doesn't mean others should be neglected. Legend Glen Campbell, who's made public his battle with Alzheimer's, gets in one final ride before his sun sets in what's likely his last video.
Taylor Swift might be going much more pop than you'd have expected — and maybe the thought of seeing her as a B-Girl, or a ballerina, or a hyper-stylized Gagaesque artist makes you very nervous, but no need to worry. It's all in fun with a "just be yourself" message, with an '80s golden age of pop video that directly references "Mickey" by one-hit-wonder Toni Basil.