Taylor Swift Creates Bold Mini-Movie for New ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ Video
Taylor Swift‘s edgy ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ video is more indie flick than country music video. The clip, which marks her 23rd video (released on her 23rd birthday), begins with Swift in a sort of apocalyptic party wasteland. It feels like one is looking at Woodstock, one day after everyone (except the singer) has gone home.
During the few minutes of dialogue and rapid fire frames that piece together the previous night and days, viewers get a feel for everything that went right and wrong in this relationship. “How can the devil be pulling you toward someone who looks so much like an angel when he smiles at you?” Swift asks just before the music kicks in.
Once ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ begins, fans get a better idea of why Swift’s punk-rock character fell for this “devil.” Scenes of the two enjoying their romance in a diner and along city streets weave with shots of the two making out or dancing at random spots, like along train tracks or on a balcony. Trouble follows trouble, and a bar fight adds excitement and tension to the mini-movie.
“This video is edgy because the narrative of it is edgy,” Swift tells MTV. “The song sounds different than anything else I’ve ever done before, so I thought why not make this video unlike anything we’ve done before.”
The ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ video is a true kaleidoscope of memories. Only at the end do we realize why Swift is alone in a trash-filled field. She’s been ditched by the very boy she’d fallen so hard for just days before.
In her words, “The worst part of it all wasn’t losing him, it was losing me.”