Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” tour is long done, but you’re probably still hearing people talking about it.

Last week, her concert film — recorded after more than 50 live stadium dates — dropped on Netflix.

And so, this kindly music critic will review that concert film. Imagine I’m at the concert and not watching a movie. (Honestly, I don’t care about the cinematography or how it stacks up among other concert movies. I can’t imagine it’s gonna beat “The Last Waltz.”)

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This is Taylor Swift trying to be grown-up.

I mean, she is 29. She’s definitely an adult.

But with her 2017 album, “Reputation,” she tried to shuck the “aw, shucks” pop princess persona and veer toward something more mature.

It didn’t go so well, exactly. Remember that one line? “The old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now ... she’s dead.” Yeah, that one.

It’s all about growing up and celebrity and showing everyone she’s not just a pretty girl but rather someone to be taken seriously, but Swift’s big step into serious musical territory, while well-intentioned, came off as occasionally goofy.

It was so dead-serious at times that it seemed like a joke. But I don’t think we were supposed to laugh.

And that’s where I found myself during this show.

Should I not giggle during “I Did Something Bad,” when she visually curled her lip in a snarl? Was I not supposed to smile at the poorly telegraphed video clips where the older, darkly dressed Taylor overtook old music videos of bright “Our Song”-era Taylor? Am I supposed to think “Look What You Made Me Do” is actually a good song?

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All of the gold accents and giant snakes and black sequins and expertly choreographed dancers, while fun to watch and certainly neat to put on your Instagram stories, don’t make it into a good performance.

With an absolutely massive stage that criss-crossed the stadium floor, this was a huge production. There were spaceships and massive snake puppets and huge drums and towering fireworks displays and hurricanes of confetti and dozens of dancers who flanked Swift at every turn.

Fans loved it. Some were so passionate about the show, they actually cried.

They danced, they screamed, they snapped photos.

And every person was decked out with a light-up wristband, which were synchronized to the show and lit up in concert with Swift’s songs. They also made the massive, impersonal stadium show feel much more immersive.

Swift even noticed the fans’ passion, remarking about their vocal abilities in the middle of the show.

“It really seems like every single person in this crowd has memorized every single word to the songs,” Swift said.

Easily the night’s most fun moment came when things lightened up for “Shake It Off.” In a rainbow dress, Swift grooved across the stage while Camila Cabello and Charli XCX joined her onstage.

If only she did more songs like that. I can’t be the only one who missed some of the 22 top-10 hits she’s scored over the years.

The night’s 23-song setlist was dominated by 14 of the 15 tracks from “Reputation.”

I’d rather hear some of those past hits — even if they came from her younger country days — than some of the forgettable pulp off “Reputation.” (She even acknowledged that fans asked her to play older songs. So she acquiesced to those fans by playing one — “All Too Well” — which isn’t even old. It’s from her fourth album, “Red,” which was arguably her first pop album.)

Portions of the show where Swift sang — rather than busting moves in front of a cadre of dancing pros — were far more entertaining. Those moments felt like a real performance and not a choreographed Broadway musical.

But sadly, that’s what we got. Most of the show, her voice was drowned in a flood of backing vocal tracks. Swift has the chops, but more often than not, she danced across the stage and let the pre-recorded tracks take the lead.

She had a few moments, like on “I Did Something Bad” and “Love Story,” where she sang her heart out, and then when she played “Dancing With Our Hands Tied” and “All Too Well” while strumming an acoustic guitar.

That acoustic interlude is something Swift should do more of.

Anybody can dance around in front of a great wall of video screens and change costumes a few times. But Swift is a true talent. Standing there with an acoustic guitar, Swift showed off her songwriting, musical and vocal abilities all at once. That is something most stars simply cannot match.

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Kevin Coffey is the entertainment editor and critic, covering music, movies, video games, comic books and lots more. Follow him on Twitter @owhmusicguy. Phone: 402-444-1557.

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