Taylor Swift is one of the best-selling musical artists working today, but how do her movie roles rank from worst to best? It is true that the 11-time Grammy-winning artist did not become a total movie celebrity. She doesn’t have an Oscar like Jennifer Hudson, and she failed to land a major Christopher Nolan vehicle like Harry Styles did with Dunkirk. His film career has been varied and filled for the most part with misfires, but his on-screen character has never been an embarrassment. While she’s excelled fantastically in every other aspect of her career, it feels like she’s just getting started on the big screen.
Somehow, between selling 200 million records worldwide, winning album of the year three times, and writing and producing nine albums, Swift found the time to sow the seeds of a film career. While she has appeared in cameos on shows like New girl, and while his performances in his movie clips have always been exceptional, his films have struggled to win over critics and audiences. Of Cats at The donor, hers might not be the most impressive filmography, but she brought something unique to each of the four films she appeared in.
Swift has just had one of his most successful years, releasing phenomenally successful albums Folklore and Always in 2020, as well as the acclaimed documentaries Miss American and Folklore: Long pond sessions. While both of these films are indeed excellent, this list will only focus on his performance in narrative feature films. Here are Taylor Swift’s films, ranked from worst to best.
4. Valentine’s Day (2010)
In 2010, Garry Marshall made this all-out rom-com bombshell, weaving together the love struggles of a star-studded ensemble for 18 hours on Valentine’s Day. Many critics have noted its imitating nature compared to 2003 Love in fact another star-filled romantic comedy focused on a big vacation, but even the naysayers of this the movie should be okay, looks like Citizen Kane compared to that bland, Hallmark greeting card from a movie. In her first on-screen acting role, Taylor Swift completes a massive cast that also includes Razzie winning spins from Ashton Kutcher and Jessica Alba. It’s a shaky start, especially since his role as ditzy wastes the recording artist’s laser-focused intelligence. There are a lot of awkward, awkward line reads, and for much of the movie, she’s forced to carry a life-size teddy bear. Of course, it’s also a bit of a time capsule movie: its on-screen romantic partner is dusk‘s Taylor Lautner, who she was going to date in real life. The star also recorded a song for the film’s soundtrack, the recently updated country-pop song “Today Was a Fairytale” for the re-recorded 2021 version of Swift from her 2008 album. Intrepid.
3. The Donor (2014)
Anyone who took an English class in college has discovered the novel YA by Newberry Medal winner Lois Lowry. The donor. A coming-of-age tale set in a dystopian society where sameness is valued above all else, the book tells the story of a young boy named Jonas, chosen by his community to receive past memories from the Giver ( Jeff Bridges). As he learns more and more about the era before sameness, he becomes more and more sensitive to his emotions and thus rebels against society. Bridges was apparently attached to the film for years before it was finally made, and his performance gives an idea of the infinitely superior film that could have been crafted from this striking source material. Alas, the movie The donor go for a more futuristic, action-packed style, Hunger games ambiance, spoiling much of the textural haunting of the novel and introducing a well-worn love triangle. Brunette Taylor Swift in The donor is actually one of the less offensive parts of the film, playing the expanded role of the Daughter of the Giver, Rosemary, who introduces Jonas to music. While playing an emotionless young woman might not be a natural fit for the bleeding heart singer-songwriter, it’s a clever use of her character in one of the film’s key emotional moments.
2. The Lorax (2012)
Lois Lowry could certainly regret the lackluster on-screen adaptations of fantasy books with the late great Dr Seuss, whose iconic prose inspired a litany of cinematic catastrophes, from the screaming Jim Carrey Grumpy to Mike Myers’ staple The cat in the hat. Somewhere right in the middle of the pack of these disappointing adaptations lies The Lorax, which has at least one animation style somewhat complementary to the iconic art of Seuss. Of course, he’s also forced to develop the elegant simplicity of one of the writer’s greatest works, telling the story of a boy named Ted (voiced by Zac Efron) who lives in a city without nature. and wants to win the heart. of local girl Audrey (Swift) by bringing her a Truffula tree. Swift gives a solid vocal performance, and the whole movie adds up to perfectly enjoyable family entertainment, but one can’t help but feel the fabulous quality of the book’s tale of nature versus environmental destruction taking place. lose in the wacky antics of the film.
1. Cats (2019)
This could very well be the only list ranked from ‘worst to best’ that Cats never in mind. The bad news is, this isn’t the movie Tom Hooper thinks he made. At the film’s New York premiere, Hooper introduced it as a film about the “The perils of tribalism”, but much of it is four-alarm mayhem that is disproportionately serious for a cat song movie, while still possessing a look that can only be described as absolutely insane. The good news is that hardly any of this matters; not only is it not fun to say the Cats the movie is bad, it’s also just incorrect. There is too much weirdness, too much oddly endearing energy of Theater Kid to consider this a total failure.
Anyone who has seen this film in a theater with a loud, rushed audience understands the common joy Cats can bring, a Jellicle Ball that transcends hate watching and lands in an ineluctably pure place. Yes, James Corden and Rebel Wilson are wrong there, but that ignores Sir Ian McKellen’s honestly Oscar-worthy turn as Gus the Theater Cat; the deeply bizarre, eerily regal and unmistakably alluring performance of Dame Judi Dench as Old Deuteronomy; and Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat, whose tap number would honestly be at home in any golden age musical. Taylor Swift has a brief role singing one of the score’s most genuinely good songs, “Macavity,” a vampy jazz tune that culminates in a pas de deux with Cat Idris Elba, and she’s having a blast. For a film starring hordes of ominous CGI cats, as well as a five-minute streak of James Corden eating trash, his performance is that of an old pro.
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