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REVIEW: ‘Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour’

The movie is two hours and 48 minutes long, 30 minutes less than the actual Eras tour. The movie is Taylor Swift’s concert filmed at her last stop of the U.S. tour: Los Angeles.
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“Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” premiered Oct. 13.

Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” movie hit theaters on Oct.13, and like many other Swifties I rushed to the theater to experience the magic of the Eras Tour on screen. 

The movie is two hours and 48 minutes long, 30 minutes less than the actual Eras tour. The movie is Taylor Swift’s concert filmed at her last stop of the U.S. tour: Los Angeles. “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” spans 17 years of Swift’s incredible journey as a singer-songwriter including a few songs from every album and era, excluding her debut album. 

Swift intended this movie to be a way for fans who had not been able to get tickets to experience her tour. I think this movie was just as she intended it to be. 

I attended the Eras Tour at Soldier Field in Chicago and it was by far the best concert I’ve ever been to. There was an energy created in the theater that was reminiscent of being at the concert. The movie occasionally panned to fans singing and crying in utter adoration of Swift which gave me the chills and reminded me of the energy of the crowd at the concert. 

I was curious to see what the audio quality would be like in the movie theater compared to seeing a concert live, and I’m happy to report the audio quality was great and was very loud just as it would be at her concert. 

My favorite Era from the movie was the Reputation Era. Swift and her backup dancers had extravagant snake-inspired costumes, and I think her dance routine was the strongest in her Reputation Era. From her album “Reputation,” she played “Ready For It,” “Delicate,” “Don’t Blame Me” and “Look What You Made Me Do.” 

For those that plan to see the film, just know some songs included in Swift’s Eras Tour are left out. The songs that were not included in the movie are: “The Archer,” “Cardigan,” “Long Live,” “No Body No Crime,” “Illicit Affairs” and “Wildest Dreams.” The only complaint I had, was that I was disappointed “Cardigan” was left out of the film because it is a personal favorite of mine.

Prior to seeing the movie, on TikTok and in articles I discovered that singing was encouraged. I saw clips from many theaters which had viewers dancing, singing and moving around. At Milwaukee’s Oriental Theater the viewers sitting with me didn’t sing or dance and instead just took in the movie and occasionally clapped. I appreciated the calmness of the theatre, as it gave me a chance to fully enjoy the movie. 

To Marquette students that may be interested in seeing the movie, I would highly encourage seeing it for the music and to witness Swift’s strong performance. Whether or not you attended the Eras tour, I think anyone who is a fan of Swift can appreciate this movie. 

The Oriental Theatre, where I saw the movie, is a short 12 minute drive from Marquette and is also accessible by bus. I attended the movie with a student discount, and my ticket cost $14 with tax. For those staying here for Fall Break, grab a friend and get ready to see Swift’s progression of music over the course of 17 years.  

This story was written by Avery Darrow. She can be reached at [email protected].

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Avery Darrow is a senior from Chicago, Illinois studying Secondary Education and English. This is her first year as a writer for the Wire and she is thrilled to be apart of the Wire team as an A&E columnist. This year she is looking forward to being able to write for students at Marquette while also learning more about events in the Milwaukee and Marquette community. In her free time she loves to read, explore new restaurants around Milwaukee with friends, and enjoys walking the lakefront while listening to a good podcast

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