Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong Romantic worldview in Taylor Swift pop concert movie with no one overall story, songs mostly clean and wholesome, with one song containing light references to God, and Swift expresses gratitude to her fans, but most songs are about romantic love and breakups, three or four out of 45 songs have some foul language, no songs are sexually or sensually graphic, but a few of them extol revenge or were inspired by Taylor Swift’s ever-shifting past dating life in her 20s, her closing song is called “Karma” and says “karma is a god” repeatedly while singing that bad karma will impact an ex-flame so it has false religion in it, one song may remind some viewers of a witches’ coven (robed dancers carry glowing orbs while Taylor sings), and one song has politically correct lyrics praising her homosexual friends and attacking Christians who disapprove of their behavior
Four or five “f” words in lyrics, 11 “s” words (including one song title with an “s” word in it), five other obscenities, two GD profanities, and two “godforsaken” expletives
Two or three songs are revenge or anger-themed, but nothing graphic
Most of the choreography in the concert is modest and wholesome, but a four-song stretch tied to her one dark album “Reputation” has some sensual gyrating, and the final song features very skimpy outfits and sensual dancing using chairs
No explicit nudity, but Taylor Swift wears short skirts and dresses in about half the songs and in a few others wears a one-piece bathing suit with leggings covering her legs, plus a four-song stretch from her one “darker” album “Reputation” has revealing costumes
Taylor Swift pours a fake glass of alcohol during one song, but it’s obviously water, plus a few songs have references to alcohol
Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,
Nothing else objectionable.
TAYLOR SWIFT: THE ERAS TOUR is a concert movie designed to present Miss Swift’s most famous songs from each album in her highly prolific 17-year career as a pop and country music artist, in an affordable venue. TAYLOR SWIFT: THE ERAS TOUR is a visually spectacular, highly entertaining experience, but most of the songs speak about romantic love and bad breakups and are sadly marred by some strong language, one song espousing the false-religion concept of karma, one politically correct song about her homosexual friends, and a few songs about anger or revenge at former romantic partners.
The movie was shot over the course of the three tour-closing shows Swift performed at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles at the close of her North American “Eras Tour.” While tour tickets sold out, the live performance tickets ranged from $49 to $449. So, the decision was made to release this concert movie in movie theaters for around $20 a ticket ($24 for IMAX screenings exclusively in AMC chain theaters) is an attempt to make the spectacle affordable for all audiences, which is particularly cost-saving for parents with girls wanting to see the show.
The massive SoFi stadium crowd provides an impressive backdrop for Swift’s non-stop parade of songs. Director Sam Wrench and an army of cameras put viewers right on stage with the pop superstar. The 45-song set list wends its way through her ten-album career, with the movie divided into segments that feature four or five songs at a time from each album.
The ERAS stage show lighting and sets are non-stop dazzling for the faster songs, and many theaters including the one I saw it in have attendees dancing in the aisles throughout in a definite joy-filled party atmosphere. Yet Swift also performs several excellent songs solo on acoustic guitar or piano, showing she definitely has musical chops.
Miss Swift’s self-penned songs are largely about romantic love but are rarely if ever sexual or sensual in nature. For about half the songs in ERAS, Swift wears classy dresses, including a few formal ball gowns, but the other half feature her in short skirts or a one-piece swimsuit with leggings. The swimsuit is not intended to be sexy, but rather to be a practical outfit to slip her dresses and skirts on and off over it. However, a four-song stretch from her album “Reputation,” which was a tougher and emotionally darker album than the other nine records in her repertoire, has her and her dancers acting more sensually. Also, the closing number has skimpy outfits and sensual burlesque-style dancing using chairs as props.
There are a few problematic elements that parents should consider in deciding whether to bring their pre-teen and teenage daughters, who make up a large part of Swift’s audience. For example, two songs feature two “f” words each, although they’re buried in the mix of loud music and fast-paced singing rather than focused upon by Taylor Swift. There are also about 20 other lighter obscenities and two strong profanities.
Since Swift is inspired in her writing by her real-life romantic relationships (she had many different dalliances in her 20s before she had a six-year relationship that ended earlier this year). Her fans enjoy trying to decipher which song is about which celebrity she broke up with in the past. Most of the lyrics are innocuous, and one song has light references to God, but three or four of the songs espouse anger and revenge.
In addition, the closing song, called “Karma,” has a false religion attitude, where Swift sings in the chorus that “karma is a god” and sings that an ex-beau will have negative karma hit him. Another song has politically correct lyrics praising her homosexual friends and attacking Christians who disapprove of their behavior. Finally, a third song has images that may remind some of a witches’ coven, where robed dancers carry glowing orbs while Taylor sings.
Despite its moral flaws, ERAS and its star, Taylor Swift, are still vastly more appealing and often refreshing to see in a music world where most young pop singers and rappers rely on filthy lyrics, dirty dancing and outrageous sexual outfits to make their mark. So, considered as a whole, TAYLOR SWIFT: THE ERAS TOUR is an amazingly entertaining experience for discerning adults and older teenagers, with extreme caution. Parents of preteens and young teenagers should think a little harder about whether they feel this concert movie’s appropriate for their young ones.
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