As a big BTS fan inevitably I was going to end up watching their Burn The Stage movie. Not heard of BTS? Well BTS are a Korean boyband made up of seven members. There’s Jimin, Jin, Jungkook, J-Hope, Suga, V and leader RM. I’ve talked about BTS quite a bit here on my blog. From talking about my favourite BTS tracks to sharing my favourite tracks on their Love Yourself: Answer album to even dissecting the BTS Idol video, I’ve shared a fair bit of love for the K-Pop group. BTS are basically a group who’ve exploded worldwide and nobody really saw it coming. Not even they saw it coming.
Now Burn The Stage The Movie is actually a follow on from the groups YouTube Red docuseries of the same title which was released back in March. In the film, you’re taken on a behind the scenes journey as the group tour on their BTS Live Trilogy Episode III: The Wings Tour. You see each of the seven members both performing and away from all the fans as they prepare for each show and take time out inbetween each performance.
What is Burn The Stage The Movie actually about?
As I said early, the film shows behind the scenes footage of the septet on their Wings Tour. Now firstly, at the beginning of Burn The Stage, you’re shown two ads. One for the BT21 characters and then another for the BTS Lightsticks. The second advert will seriously have you wanting to get your groove on. Then before you know it the movie begins. You are taken on a journey where you see fans showing the group love. You then see the band performing on their tour and you also see the behind the scenes footage. In the behind the scenes footage you see two things. BTS as normal regular young men and you see how hard they work.
It’s no secret that the K-Pop industry is tough. Idols work super hard and really give it their all. BTS are no different. Throughout the film you see the seven guys suffering from injuries as they overwork themselves. You see the sheer amount of time and effort they put into every single performance. And then you see how much they sacrifice to achieve the success they have. Some scenes in the movie were hard to watch as I felt super bad for each member pushing themselves to the absolute limit. And what for? Us. The fans. Many would argue and say they do it for the money and in a sense that is what all artists do. However, BTS do genuinely care for their fans which is something else you see the seven members talk about frequently throughout the film.
My highlights of the film?
So what did I really love in the film? Well, my first highlight of Burn The Stage would definitely have to be J-Hope playing with V’s dog Yeontan. Yeontan and J-Hope team up for a unique and very funny version of MIC Drop which is sure to make you giggle. Many have most likely seen this before but it’s even better on the big screen. Another highlight for me? Mom Suga. As the rest of the group really let their hair down and act like the boys they are, Suga takes a more sophisticated approach. Instead, he opts for a glass of red instead. He basically sits at the side of the pool with his legs crossed sipping away as the rest of the members jump in and splash about. It’s a total mood, trust me.
Other highlights? Their interviews were brilliant towards the end of the picture. They showed each member quite stripped back away from the spotlight and their usual comical and energetic personas. The group share heartfelt words and talked raw about their experiences of being part of one of the biggest boybands in the world. They also share their love and respect for their ARMY and it is so obviously genuine unlike a lot of other artists.
Things I wasn’t so keen on
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the film. However, there were a couple of things that I wasn’t keen on. Firstly the narrator. Now I liked the whole concept of the narrator and the fact that there were deep meaningful messages spoken. However, the narrator was a totally random guy, aside for the very end of Burn The Stage when Suga took over that is. I feel like the movie really should have been narrated entirely by the BTS members but hey ho, the dudes are busy enough without having to do that too! My second complaint? The lack of music. Now don’t get me wrong, there were snippets of music here and there but they were often interrupted by the narrator right as the tune was about to kick in.
Now I know this wasn’t a concert movie, it was a documentary. However, at points, I honestly felt like I was being teased with snippets here and there. Guess it just goes to show that BTS songs really do leave you wanting more! Aside from my two little qualms, I really did enjoy the movie and I do recommend giving it a watch. I always love seeing BTS stipped back so this film was right up my street. It’s also worth mentioning that Burn The Stage has done very well globally. So well in fact that it has been given an encore and will be released again on the 5th and 6th of December so if you want to view it, keep your eyes peeled for dates at your local cinema.
Have you seen Burn The Stage? Who is your favourite BTS member?