The remastering of Taylor Swift’s 2012 studio album Red made a magical yet heart-wrenching debut with the singer’s new 14-minute short film titled after her critically acclaimed break-up track “All Too Well.”
The short film, which premiered on Saturday, November 13, follows the ups and downs of a couple played by Stranger Things star Sadie Sink and Maze Runner’s Dylan O’ Brien, together with the all-too-real trials of their relationship.
Later on in the film, writer and director of All Too Well: The Short Film Taylor Swift makes an appearance as Sadie’s character, 13 years after the unraveling of the relationship.
The majority of the short film featured the 10-minute long version of “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)” as the narrative voice of the story. The song only breaks during an emotional argument between Sadie and Dylan.
Red (Taylor’s Version) was released Friday, November 12. It features 30 re-recorded tracks, including six “From The Vault” tracks, some of which included collaboration projects with Phoebe Bridgers and Ed Sheeran.
In a Rolling Stone review, Rob Sheffield wrote: “The new ‘All Too Well (Original Version)’ sums up Swift at her absolute best…[E]very emotional detail hits home. She goes deeper into the story, venting her grief and rage, getting so savage it makes ‘Dear John’ sound like ‘I Will Always Love You.'”
Swift embarked on her goal to remake six of her studio albums, starting with the 2008 record Fearless up to 2017’s Reputation. The singer-songwriter revealed that she does not legally own the masters of these records as per a contract with label Big Machine Records. After her contract ended, she signed with Universal Music Group, which granted her ownership over her future releases. – Jana Torres/Rappler.com
Jana Torres is a Rappler intern.