Is The BTS Burn The Stage Movie Really Worth A Watch?

Is The BTS Burn The Stage Movie Really Worth A Watch?

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?
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3 Great Tracks Your Should Listen To In November 2018

3 Great Tracks Your Should Listen To In November 2018

Steve Aoki ft BTS - Waste It On Me

The first of the 3 great tracks you should listen to in November 2018 is Steve Aoki ft BTS - Waste It On Me. Now although this track does feature BTS, not all members actually feature on the track. You only actually hear members Jungkook and RM with a hint of Jimin during the chorus. However, that doesn't mean to say the track is a letdown, because it isn't. Unlike previous BTS tracks, this song is entirely in English. Now, this isn't the first time DJ Steve Aoki has worked with the band. Steve has previously remixed the track MIC Drop and even featured on the Love Yourself: Tear Album. Now he's got BTS featuring on his very own track and the song certainly pleased my ears.

Waste It On Me is a chilled toe-tapping track that features brassy synths. The track is very smooth and showcases Jungkook's wonderful vocals with pops of Jimin's angelic voice in the chorus. Also in the track not only do we hear RM's unique rap skills, but we also hear Namjoon sing which is always a treat. I think this is a great track featuring BTS. Plus undeniably it is one aimed more at the Western market compared to other tracks featuring the Korean boyband. In my eyes, this is a good thing as it means the group is being recognised and taken seriously more globally.

Of Mice & Men - Back To Me

The second of the 3 great tracks you should listen to in November 2018 is Of Mice and Men - Back To Me. Of Mice and Men have produced some absolute bangers over the years like Second and Sebring but be warned this track isn't for the faint-hearted. If you're not a fan of screaming and heavy language, I'd give this one a miss. However, Back To Me is much toned down in the sense it contains no screaming. This could be due to the fact the Of Mice & Men have a new lead singer after Austin Carlile stepped down due to health reasons before the track was created.

Now although the track kinda sways away from Of Mice & Men's signature metalcore sound, at its heart it is still noticeably the band's work. Despite not being super heavy and intense as a lot of their other tracks, it's still recognisably Of Mice & Men. If I'm being really controversial I'd even go as far as saying this track kinda has a more mainstream sound. However, that isn't necessarily a bad thing as I think it could mean that more people discover the band. However, I think that fans of that really heavy sound may be left feeling a little disappointed and left down.

Regardless the track is empowering with pretty clean vocals. It has an infectious chorus that you can't help singing along to. Plus it kinda gives you a glimpse into the groups new era and updated sound. Oh and it's also worth noting that this track isn't super new. However, it was released on Of Mice & Men's most recent album Defy which came out at the start of the year.

Key ft Soyou - Forever Yours

The third of the 3 great tracks you should listen to in November 2018 is Key ft Soyou - Forever Yours. Now you may know Key from K-Pop group SHINee who I mentioned in my September music favourites, August music favourites and my June music favourites. Well, Key has basically launched his solo career and his first track released from his upcoming album is Forever Yours. Forever Yours is a catchy track that combines tropical beats with a hint of synthpop. The song in a lot of ways has a similar feel to some of SHINee's newer material such as Countless and I Want You which I simply love.

Also on the track is Soyou who many will know from the now no more girl group Sistar who disbanded over a year ago.  The first voice you hear on the track is Soyou's which is very soft and sweet. Am I a massive fan? Not really but the addiction isn't utterly terrible. It just seems to get a little washed out as the track goes on and on. Even more so when Key's vocals come in. Overall the track is catchy. The chorus gets you grooving and if it had more English lyrics I could definitely see the Western top 40 taking a shine to it.
 
What songs have you recently been loving?
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