Miss Americana gives us a peek behind the curtain of pop megastardom at the difficulties facing a young woman whose life is lived in the spotlight.
The film does touch on Swift’s rise to fame, but the key focus is on the media backlash she endured in the wake of the Kanye phone incident, the recording of her new album “Lover” and her decision to come out in support of a Democratic candidate running for the Senate against a hardline Christian Conservative in her home state.
Swift comes across as a determined and hard working artist who seems genuinely kind and sincere . Her decision to find a political voice and the reasons she had previously stayed quiet provide the film’s strongest moments and give a telling glimpse of the double standards still in play within the music industry.
For fans of the star its a great chance to see behind the scenes of the Swift Juggernaut, from her recording process to intimate moments with her family. For the more casual viewer, there’s not a ton of revelatory insight on offer, but it’s a warm and honest portrait of an artist making a stand and prioritising what she feels is right.