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Taylor Swift’s All Too Well (Taylor’s Version) Song and Short Film Are a Masterpiece

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Fasten your seat-belts, Swifties. Because we’re in for a big emotional roller coaster. All Too Well was originally recorded to be ten minutes long. And I, having just discovered my new found love for Taylor Swift, am obsessed. Quite literally.

Now, while doing this humble review, I’ll try to be honest and unbiased as possible. But can you really do that when you’re covering Taylor Swift, a literal genius, a master in storytelling, a brilliant vocalist, and an all round genius to be honest.

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‘All too well’ is about Taylor’s heartbreak when she was in her early 20s.

It was about coming of age and of how love can be the most beautiful thing and can still rip you apart from the seams.

When you’re young and in love, anything is possible. But that love filled fantasy is often shattered all too easily and you remember it all too well. As witnessed by the harrowing pain that Taylor Swift conveys throughout her masterful lyrics:

And maybe we got lost in translation
Maybe I asked for too much
But maybe this thing was a masterpiece ’til you tore it all up
Running scared, I was there
I remember it all too well

Taylor Swift has been on a noble mission to own all of her music. She didn’t get the chance to buy back her music from Big Machine Records. As a result, she is now re-recording all of the albums she could not buy. The latest one was ‘Red’ which came out almost a decade ago in 2012.

But what makes is so much more fun and exciting for fans is that the re-recorded albums gives Taylor Swift a chance to release never heard before music. Aptly called ‘From the Vault’, the new album features some great music like ‘Nothing New’. Not only that but Swift is also using the chance to have her favorite artists collaborate with her. This time we get to hear Ed Sheeran, Phoebe Bridgers and Chris Stapleton alongside Taylor Swift.

And another brilliant thing Swifties get to experience is that they get to hear the 10-minute version of ‘All Too Well’. But not only that, there’s a whole short film directed by Taylor Swift. The movie elevates the story to great levels and tugs at your heart strings.

The new recorded masters prove that Taylor Swift’s voice has only gotten stronger and better over the years. ‘All Too Well’ also contains never heard before lyrics and the the softness of Taylor’s voice touches you so calmly.

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The ‘All Too Well’ short movie was so beautiful in its rawness

Can we all take a moment to appreciate Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien here because they give you an insight of a rosy-filled world of hope, true love, passion, and raw heartbreak.

The casting of Sadie Sink (at the time 19-years-old) and Dylan O’Brien (at the time 29-years-old) seems to be very intentional. Although Taylor doesn’t admit to who the song is about and as she told Seth Meyers, she doesn’t think about the experience of the person the song is based on. We know it’s about Jake Gyllenhaal. The album ‘Red’ and this song ‘All Too Well’ was released a few months after her break-up with Gyllenhaal. At that time, Taylor was 20 and Jake was almost 30.

The age difference was recreated using Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien. They both look very much in love at the start when Sadie (the character Her) arrives at her boyfriend’s family home wearing her iconic red scarf. The two characters are enjoying road trips together and having a blissful time.

But slowly, there develops a crack in their passionate love.

It happens when Sadie is sitting on a table with Dylan and his friends, all of whom are much older than her. Naturally, she feels out of place and uncomfortable. And she tries to enjoy herself as she tries to hold her boyfriend’s hand. But the boyfriend, very casually and dare I say cruelly, leaves her hand and proceeds to talk and focus on his friends. Throughout the night, he ignores her and after the dinner the music stops. We then see a very intense fight happen between Her and the boyfriend.

In the nuanced dialogue penned by Swift herself, we see a lot of manipulation and gaslighting happening from the boyfriend’s side. Then as the story goes on we see moments of pure love alongside moments of emptiness and pain. Eventually, there’s a heartbreaking break-up with Sadie Sink giving us the performance of a lifetime. But Sadie’s character powers through, even during the loneliness of nights and spending her birthday without him.

She eventually uses her pain to make beautiful art, by going to the typewriter and penning a memoir about her love affair. Then the film transitions to a more mature version of herself and we see Taylor herself about to give a reading on her latest book called ‘All Too Well’. It’s a parallel to how Taylor Swift uses her pain to write beautiful songs.

And we see an older Dylan O’Brien, only from behind as he’s staring at her success from afar. Of course, wearing the red scarf.

But you keep my old scarf from that very first week
‘Cause it reminds you of innocence
And it smells like me
You can’t get rid of it
‘Cause you remember it all too well, yeah

Plus, the age difference was a reason for their break-up as Taylor sings:

You said if we had been closer in age maybe it would have been fine
And that made me want to die
The idea you had of me, who was she?
A never-needy, ever-lovely jewel whose shine reflects on you
Not weeping in a party bathroom

Taylor Swift has moved on from this and her other break-ups, to finally find a guy who doesn’t gaslight her and who respects her.

In 2016, Swift started a relationship with British actor Joe Alwyn. And ‘Lover’ the album is based on him. So, we can take a wild guess and say they’re very much happy and in love.

Her fans couldn’t be happier for her! She’s thriving in her career, having won Best Album of the Year Grammy Award three times. As well as American Music Award for ‘Artist of the Decade’ and hundreds of other accolades over the years. Not only that but the media has shifted their perspective of her. From intense scrutiny and criticism of her every move, it’s now only love and admiration for the star. And it’s rightly so.

Her lyrical depth, unique storytelling, touching music videos, soulful voice and genuine authenticity has led to some of the best music in the industry. Even if you’re not a Swiftie like me, you can’t help appreciate her hard work, her journey to owning her music again, her loyalty to her fans and her creative music.

As Taylor Swift said, ‘All Too Well’ is about the fans more now which makes it such a lovely experience for her.

“I’m getting to look back on this music and just see music and see art and see experiences I’ve had in concerts. It was mine and now it’s really shared between me and the fans and that’s what I have really taken away from this experience.”

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