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0.00 "She lost him."
There is more to life than finding/breaking up with romantic partners and I'm really bored of the same romance storylines. It's 2016. You can't keep telling the same story with different characters.
0.08 Trees start sprouting
Is this a Sleeping Beauty reference? You know, with the rose forest growing around the castle as she sleeps?
It looks beautiful so far - this will either be beautifully shot 'Style' or end up being some strange storyline like 'Bad Blood' (another video I commentated on, check it out).
0.27 Snarling wolf appears
Oh hello doggy.
Well, you're definitely not there now.
That's a lovely transition from light to dark as she turns her head.
0.50 "Then discovered/The rest of the world was black and white/But we were in screaming colour"
Those are beautiful lyrics - this is a nice song.
1.00 Wolves chase her
1.15 Taylor trips
WHY CAN NO ONE RUN THROUGH WOODS WITHOUT TRIPPING UP LIKE IS IT REALLY THAT HARD.
|Taylor be trippin'|
1.22 Wolf makes a lunge
Fact for you all - wolves will attack by biting the hamstrings of their prey because they know that'll stop you running. Can't say I don't teach you anything.
1.26 Falls down and transitions into winter wonderland before the wolves catch her
Ok we're in the snowy mountain tops and Taylor is channelling her inner Elsa.
OH SH- THE WOLVES ARE BACK.
Good grief Ms Swift has beautiful eyes.
1.45 Wolves are lurking behind her
Why isn't she running away from the wolves.
Why aren't you running this is giving me anxiety.
God gave you gorgeous long legs please use them to run.
Amazing cinematography, but seriously the wolves are right behind you.
2.11 Taylor leaps off a cliff into the sea
Oh she escaped the wolves thank goodness
She's in the ocean now, guess it's time for the Little Mermaid stop on this Disney ride.
2.16 Lands in the desert
How is she teleporting so much? She's saving loads of money and carbon emissions instead of flying.
2.23 Change to frozen forest
After that short desert interlude we're back to Elsa.
2.53 Taylor crawls through mud a lot
Why is the mud scene getting so much time? Is this an allusion to that Shakira music video 'Whenever, Wherever'?
3.00 Tree limbs sprout and surround her
Taylor Swift is Groot.
Seriously we've even got the fireflies.
|I AM GROOT|
3.19 Taylor falls down a lot
So much falling.
3.27 Taylor stands up a lot
3.37 Wolves are behind her, not eating her face.
Oh, the wolves are friends now.
3.52 Two Taylor Swifts are on a beach. This sounds like the beginning of a joke.
Are they going to merge into one? Is the universe going to implode if they touch?
URGH NO THAT'S SO CRINGEY. Genuinely covered my face and crumpled up in my chair. That's a lovely message but that was so clichéd - reaching out to touch herself, literally finding herself and then spelling it out in that message.
What does the music video mean?
It's about the trails of finding oneself after falling out of love. The woods represent the darkness and being lost, whilst the wolves are your inner demons. No matter where you are, the struggle remains with you. You fall down repeatedly until you learn to stand and you're at peace with your demons, which make you strong (hence the powerful pose with the wolves surrounding her). At the end, you find yourself.
Taylor Swift is the Doctor, the blue dress is her TARDIS hence the transportation through space and time as she eventually meets her past self. When they touch this will cause the Blinovitch Limitation Effect (basically creatures will come to eat everyone and everything).
Analysis aside, I quite enjoyed that video and it's a pleasant song - will be replaying it for a while. This was fun to write - let me know what you think!