Taylor Swift, “Bad Blood”

The choreography and cinematography almost ruin this video; you can’t slap a Sucker Punch pastiche on and call it a day. Notice how much more realistic the action looks during those final chorus cuts. Our brains can’t linger on the green-screen discrepancies, unlike the seconds-longer shots used throughout the rest. Like, I love Tay-Tay, but this ain’t worth the money dumped into it. “Blank Space” (with same director Joseph Kahn!) self-mocked & satirized, while the long-take silliness of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” was folksy & fun. Both evoked a consistent tone. “Bad Blood” is fluff, as lightweight as whatever rocket launcher stand-ins the cameos hefted before the CGI team worked their magic, and it’s telling that the video’s top choreography is the boxing match. The whole debacle reminds me of Ariana Grande’s “Break Free,” which was too uncomfortable for me to even finish.

(“Shake It Off” was so forgettable it can stay unmentioned up til now.)

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