All too well (Taylor’s Version) (The Short Film) (The Review)

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Taylor Swift recently released a 14-minute short film to go with the 10-minute version of her song “All too well.” The song depicts Swift’s relationship with ex-boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal and how the relationship affected her.

Caroline Hubbard, Editor-in-Chief

Taylor Swift dropped her re-recorded version of “Red (Taylors Version)” on November 12. Along with the 16 re-recorded songs, songs “from the vault,” and a 10-minute version of her song “All too well,” Swift released a short film to accompany “All too well.” 

This short film has beautiful imagery and brings out all of your emotions.

The short film stars Sadie Sink, Dylan O’Brien, Shawn Levy, and Taylor Swift. 

Swift is depicting her relationship with her ex-boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal. It shows the struggles she faced dating someone almost 10-years older, and how she emotionally healed afterward. 

She cinematically walks viewers through the insides of a toxic relationship and how emotionally draining and damaging it can be. This film truly makes you feel like you are experiencing all the emotions that Swift was feeling during this time in her life.

Swift never in the film directly calls out Gyllenhaal, but she does strategically place plenty of hints referencing him, such as constantly scattering her infamous red scarfs that she was seen wearing with him while they were dating, throughout the video. Swift is known for these “easter eggs,” and often uses them to hint at new songs and albums.  

The film shows Gyllenhaal as a manipulative person, who in one scene convinced a young Swift that she was in the wrong for getting upset at him for mistreating her in front of friends. You can feel the pain being protracted by Sink, as she acts out how the younger version of Swift felt in this moment. It makes you almost want to cry with her. 

A specific scene gives viewers a look into what Swift’s 21st birthday was like. Back in 2010, the media went crazy when there had been reports that Gyllenhaal had skipped the party to later fly in and make it up with a romantic gesture. Sink perfectly displays the emotion Swift was feeling, and allows viewers to see the exact moment her heart breaks.

True to Taylor Swift fashion, when you go to watch this film, be prepared to cry your eyes out, laugh, throw darts at a photo of Jake Gyllenhaal, cry over every person who’s ever hurt you, and eat your feelings worth of ice cream all at once. 

The short film is now out on YouTube, and you can listen to the album on all platforms.

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