1.) Taylor Swift is talented and intelligent
Perhaps the most obvious message from the movie is how Taylor Swift is a musical genius. Starting her career at the young age of thirteen, Taylor has been at the head of the popular music industry for over fifteen years. Besides her indisputable musical talent, Taylor has very thoughtful takes on her own lifestyle and that of celebrities. Interviews with Taylor narrate the entire film. She describes her political views, her beliefs, and her experiences in a very eloquent and articulate way.
2.) Taylor has a twisted view of her own reputation.
A central idea of the Netflix film was Taylor reinventing herself through defining her political stance and standing up for her beliefs and, hence, building a negative public reputation. I thought that this was a rather weak premise on which to build an entire movie because she really doesn't have a negative reputation for most people; at least, no more than any other Hollywood celebrity.
3.) Taylor and her boyfriend are endgame
Although his identity was kept anonymous in the documentary, Taylor's beau, Joe Alwyn, seems to have made a major impact on Taylor's life. She describes how her relationship with Alwyn has benefitted her and changed her for the better. Some fans even speculate that the couple are now engaged.
4.) What is the purpose of the documentary?
Throughout watching the film, I found myself wondering why it was produced. There was nothing really substantial; nothing in the documentary really differentiates Taylor from other celebrities. Her struggles (publicity, politics, relationships with other celebrities) aren't particularly unique. I will say one thing: watching the movie really made me want to listen to her music. As a viewer I could appreciate the hard work and effort that went into song writing. Perhaps the film was a strategic way to give her music more publicity and attention.