Taylor Swift’s 1989 world tour consisted of many special guests, sparkles, fireworks, glamorous outfits and sold out stadiums across the world. One stadium in particular was sold out, holding over 72,000 people and as a result was recorded for the benefit of every fan around the world. Sydney’s ANZ Stadium was the lucky venue chosen to have their show recorded which included extra songs that were not played anywhere else in Australia such as ‘All You Had To Do Was Stay’. In the words of Swift, they were the ‘lucky ones’.
An immediate downfall to the documentary is that it is only featured on Apple Music. Therefore, those who do not have the ability to get an Apple Music account or do not have an Apple laptop (such as myself) are unable to access the concert film. This is frustrating as some of us want to watch it over and over again to re-live the experience, however it is impossible. However, a positive to this method of releasing the documentary is that with a free trial to Apple Music, people are able to download the live concert experience for free. This is a rare occurrence in today’s society as most people are run by the amount of money they make and how much their items cost. It was really refreshing to see that in an expensive time of year with Christmas, this is able to be shared by many despite their level of wealth.
The highlight of Swift releasing this documentary so close to the end of the tour enables people to be able to relive recent memories that otherwise may be forgotten overtime. It also gives people the opportunity to experience the concert from a different perspective such as from a different angle or without having to worry about being in someone’s way, which was a big downfall to my concert experience.
The film follows the same set-list as the concert with Swift opening with ‘Welcome To New York’ followed by the following songs:
2. New Romantics
3. Blank Space
4. I Knew You Were Trouble (Remix)
5. I Wish You Would
6. How You Get The Girl
7. I Know Places
8. All You Had To Do Was Stay
9. You Are In Love (Acoustic)
11. Love Story (1989 Remix)
13. This Love
14. Bad Blood
15. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (Rock Remix)
16. Wildest Dreams/Enchanted
17. Out Of The Woods
18.Shake It Off
It was clear that nothing had been changed in terms of special effects (with the stage. Some effects were added to the DVD to accommodate the camera angles.), dance routines or stage movements due to there being extra cameras. There has been complaints that fans have been disappointed with the editing side of the documentary due to the number of camera angle changes (the following reviews taken from various twitter users);
“okay so I'm finally watching 1989 Tour Live and I'm just wondering if anyone editing considered keeping the same camera angle for 5 seconds”
“1989 concert video is filmed so badly it's like they had 50 different camera angles of taylor and they had to use them all in 5 seconds”
“the editing of 1989 live is so it doesn't stay on one camera angle for more than like 2 seconds and some of the graphics are unnecessary”
I understand where these people’s frustration is coming from, however, I felt as though it gave me a different perspective of each song. It was also something that I found very easy to get use to. In saying this, I would have preferred for the angle changes to have slowed down slightly on slower songs such as “Wildest Dreams/Enchanted” as I felt that the constant changes were not necessary for such a slow song.
All in all, I found the 1989 World Tour Concert Experience to be something that many people will treasure forever. Hopefully, it will come out on DVD sometime in the near future as I always find hard copy things more appealing than those on computers. The documentary will always be a classic reminder to me about the extraordinary night I and many others had when we attended the 1989 World Tour.