Taylor Swift’s All Too Well Is the Perfect Indie Movie Until Her Cameo

Let’s break down Taylor Swift’s melodramatic short “All Too Well” and how the ending derails it from being the perfect indie flick.

Popular singer Taylor Swift re-recorded and released it Red album on his terms, with a short film for “All Too Well”. Lyrics have even been added, which seem to shed more light on her whirlwind relationship when she was 20 with Jake Gyllenhaal over a decade ago and the nine-year age gap. Interestingly, as impressive as the short is as the perfect indie flick, its tenderness and drama are sadly ruined in the final moments.

“All Too Well: The Short Film”, approximately 10 minutes long, focuses on Him (Dylan O’Brien) and Her (Sadie Sink) as they embark on a romance. It’s a cool, Netflix-esque story with great cinematography and clever pacing, with Swift’s lyrics acting as the backdrop, or soundtrack if you will, as it details the pair trying to make it last. It’s reminiscent of Swift’s brief three-month romance with the actor, depicting them fighting and then breaking up due to the age difference.


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The short film shows him ignoring him at dinner with his older friends, cursing them, and then the frustrations of life, which makes it difficult for him to juggle his career with this romance and someone who needs attention. and care. This eventually leads to a rift, with her passing as a writer, attending arts events and hoping he shows up, as well as him missing his 21st birthday party – which many believe was a wink. to Gyllenhaal avoiding Swift’s big comeback opportunity next.


Taylor Swift's All Too Well has it in a cameo, with Dylan O'Brien's Him breaking up with Sadie Sink's Her

Celebrity factor aside, it’s a powerful character portrayal as the pair clearly love each other, but know they’re hurting each other. From her not wanting to take his calls to him walking down lonely alleys and moving on, it feels like they’re kindred spirits who may not be meant to be in love, but who always should at least be friends. He nods a lot to the likes of Dawson’s Creek, master of nothing, Me and Earl and the dying girl and half of itshowing that romance isn’t the only ingredient relationships need to survive.


But “All Too Well: The Short Film” crumbles at the end in the time jump when Her becomes an accomplished novelist and makes public reading. He spies on her from the store window, only for a red-headed Swift to appear as Elle. Now, that may be autobiographical, but it sounds cheesy, cheap, and tacky because Swift looks nothing like the freckled sink. This short prides itself on its authenticity and relatability, so makeup artists could have been used or even another older actress.

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It takes away from the artistic and authorial feel of “All Too Well: The Short Film,” which bills itself as a promotional video, well, Swift’s marketing. If she had just cut her cameo, it would have felt more authentic and less ego-bound. Plus, seeing Sink and O’Brien older and meeting, rather than drifting apart as she gets her supreme press moment, would also have fit the genre and narrative better.


It would have been an emotional cliffhanger for the faces viewers are already connected with, leaving fans to imagine what they said and also, creating room for a sequel, musically and visually. Instead, Swift’s cameo, lack of a reunion, and forcing her into the victor’s role lacks the sentimentality it deserves, devaluing a love story for fans and non-fans alike.

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