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The Eras Tour Movie: My Experience and Review

Joanie Schmidt
Lizzie dressed as the “Shake it Off” cheerleader for opening night.

The Eras Tour Movie: Taylor Swift, was released in theaters on Oct. 13, and is still running showtimes. Fans sang along, danced, and traded bracelets, just like they were at the show. As a life-long Swiftie, I have attended this movie in theaters 4 times now. Here are some stand-out instances for those planning to attend the show, or have already been!

On opening night, many people came wearing a Taylor-related outfit. Some of these included merch, or full-on costumes. The fans were ready for it. Personally, I wanted to recreate my experience from the actual tour, so I wore a costume. 

At many theaters, they had photo opportunities for fans. This included the promotional poster and other props that the theater itself provided. 

One very important aspect of the movie was the limited edition popcorn buckets and cups that were, of course, Eras themed. Most theaters sold out on opening night, so if you were able to secure one, you are one of the lucky ones. 

At the actual tour, fans traded friendship bracelets, an activity inspired by lyrics from Swift’s, “You’re on Your Own, Kid.” The exact lyrics are, “So make the friendship bracelets, take the moment and taste it.”  It should come as no surprise that fans continued this tradition at the movie by trading bracelets as well. 

When Taylor herself promoted the event on her instagram, she encouraged singing and dancing, and her fans did just that. The theater was full of dancing Swifties and scream-singing alike. Everyone was prepared for this, so no other movie-goers had bad blood with the singing and dancing fans. 

Fans that were unable to secure tickets to her in-person shows got to have their experience through this movie. I think she knows that her fans would go just as hard for the movie as they did for the show. 

The most memorable part of the shows for me was when everyone would go stand in front of the big screen and shake it off, just like they were at the concert. I personally partook in this, and found it very wholesome and nostalgic. 

When it comes to the actual setlist of the movie, it was tweaked slightly, leaving out some fan-favorite songs due to the long-listed nature of the original setlist itself. Some songs that were cut from the film included, “The Archer,” “Tis the Damn Season,” “Long Live,” “Cardigan,” and, “Wildest Dreams.” 

If you are a Swiftie, you know all too well how important the surprise songs are from the acoustic set. Every show had different songs, so it was a surprise to the fans which ones would be included in the movie. I am happy to report that the 2 songs included were, “Our Song,” and, “You’re on Your Own, Kid.” 

Overall, it’s safe to say that the greatest films of all time were in fact made. It seemed like this event was very fun for everyone that attended, including myself! The movie for me was a pure state of grace, as I was able to relive my concert experiences, make other Swiftie Friends, and simply have the best day when I attended. 


Note to readers: I hope you were able to pick up all the song title references! 🙂 


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Lizzie Schmidt, Editor-in-Chief, Social Media Manager
Lizzie Schmidt is the Editor-In-Chief of the Marian Phoenix for the second semester. She enjoys classes on news and digital journalism. Her area of expertise is news editing and magazine writing. She will be with us for another year, and she is excited to see how the Phoenix continues to grow!

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