Taylor Swift has released the re-recording of her 2012 album: Red (Taylor’s Version), and everyone is talking about the heartbreaking 10-minute version of “All Too Well.”
Although the song wasn’t a single when the album originally came out nine years ago, the break-up song soon captured fan’s hearts.
Get ready to cry some more, as an accompanying short film for the song has also been released (and it’s an emotional one).
The 15-minute film stars 19-year-old Stranger Things actor Sadie Sink and the 30-year-old Mazerunner actor Dylan O’Brien as doomed love interests navigating the ups and downs of their relationship, leading to inevitable heartbreak.
The film charts six chapters that signify important points within the relationship, such as the romantic beginnings in “The Upstate Escape,” before the “The First Crack In The Glass” first signals problems in the relationship as O’Brien refused to hold Sink’s hand in front of his friends.
And fans were not impressed with O’Brien’s character after this move.
taylor swift is better than me i'd have flipped the table over https://t.co/SIYhKFL2KY
— i could be a new girl (@i could be a new girl)
this was the moment i yelled "coward" at my screen https://t.co/DQEFuaIe6k
Then, the “Are You Real?” chapter sees the pair happy together until they are shattered completely with “The Breaking Point” as O’Brien’s character breaks up with Sink, and then “The Reeling” shows Sink struggling to come to terms with the split and “The Remembering” sees O’Brien reflect on their relationship.
Thirteen years later (note Swift’s lucky number), Sink’s character is now grown up and is played by Swift herself who writes a book called “All Too Well” about her heartbreak all those years ago - and the chapters in the film are actually chapters in her book.
During a book reading, O’Brien’s character - now played by Jake Lyons - looks in from outside, wearing the red scarf that his ex wore at the beginning of the film and left at his sister’s house, referencing lyrics from the song.
After that emotional rollercoaster, it’s no surprise that Swifties were well and truly in their feels, while praising Sink and O’Brien’s excellent performances.
us watching all too well the short film https://t.co/LfFshSFMPA
It also marks Swift’s directorial film debut as she brought her lyrics to life - and has already been viewed nearly 10m times since it was released on YouTube last night.
“It was really wonderful working with Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien,” Swift said during her appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers.
“They’re just absolutely—I’m just blown away by what they did in this short film. I wrote this short film and wanted to direct it, and the only two people that I imagined playing the two characters, it was Sadie and Dylan.”
Of course, her fans were also bursting with pride at this milestone and praised her work:
taylor swift casted two perfect actors somehow managed to link every scene to a specific song on red into a PERFECT… https://t.co/XBMmc0nvgu