Taylor Swift, apart from being an amazing songwriter and performer, apparently really really understands the sci-fi action movie genre. Last night her eagerly anticipated music video for her song Bad Blood kicked off the Billboard Music Awards, and it’s a tour de force, not only musically, but visually.
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We knew her friends Cara Delevingne, Selena Gomez, Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid, and the rest of her girl squad would be making cameos, and we suspected that Kendrick Lamar would be in it. The marvelous surprise was that it would be a sci-fi comic book action packed thriller. You’ll see references to a lot of genre favorites, from Tron: Legacy to The Hunger Games to The Fifth Element. Haley Williams is just full-on Leeloo (they change the colors of the costume, but there’s no question it’s her). There’s a Wonder Woman inspired “invisible car”. And there are even light cycles.
It’s a sign that sci-fi has finally gone mainstream. You and I can be smug and secure in the knowledge that we were here first, and that in the end, we were driving the future all along.
You could say it’s the girl power video we’ve been waiting for, and that Taylor Swift is more of a performer than we could have imagined.
Or you could say, “Dang. I want to watch that again.”
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