On October 27th, the Korean pop group, BTS (Bangtan Sonyeondan), broadcasted a live viewing of their final concert of their Stadium Tour in Seoul, South Korea in cinemas worldwide. The viewing was three hours and thirty minutes long and premiered at 8:00 pm EST. In Connecticut alone, the movie was played in three cinemas; Cinemark North Haven, Connecticut Post 14, and Buckland Hills 18. In all three cinemas, a total of 216 tickets were sold at $25.00 each. BTS has also come to movie theaters in the past with their concert movies, “Burn The Stage, Love Yourself In Seoul (Concert Film)” and “Bring The Soul.”
The K-pop group was formed by BigHit Entertainment and debuted on June 13, 2013. The group consists of seven members: RM (Kim Namjoon), Jin (Kim Seokjin), Suga (Min Yoongi), J-Hope (Jung Hoseok), Jimin (Park Jimin), V (Kim Taehyung), and Jungkook (Jeon Jungkook). One of the many reasons why fans love BTS is because of their modesty. Litzy Garcia, who has been a fan of BTS for almost three years now, says that she loves, “How humble they are despite being so famous and well known. They always try to do their best and care about their fans.”
When I heard about this movie, I was excited because it was going to be broadcasted live. When I walked into the theater, many fans passed out BTS photo cards and stickers of the members to every attendee of show. They took time out of their day to make them, which made it even more special. As the movie started, everyone in the theater was on their feet and ready to hear the opening song. Before the group appeared on stage, lights were flashing all around and fire shot up from the stage. After two large blow-up panthers arose from the stage, the BTS members finally appeared. After they performed their opening songs, the members introduced themselves one by one and talked about how excited they were to perform for their fans. In BTS’ previous albums, there are solo songs that are sung by each member. Out of all solo songs performed, my favorite was J-Hope’s,which was called, “Just Dance.” EHHS K-pop fan, Erica Sinchi, who has known BTS for four years, says that her favorite solo performance was Kim Taehyung (V)’s “Singularity” since, “The scenery was aesthetically pleasing.”
The band ended the show with an encore. Once the encore started, a bouncy house came up from under the extended stage. This had to be one of my favorite parts of the whole concert because I never expected to see a huge bouncy house at a concert. The final song they performed was, ‘Mikrokosmos’ which is a fan song. Maura Perez who has been a fan of BTS for five months now said her favorite song performed was “Mikrokosmos” because it was for the fans and it shows how fans there for each other.
When the movie was over, there was a firework display in the sky while the message, “Our Universe, ARMY” displayed on the big screen. The message was like a special thanks to all their fans who came to the concert for them. Both Erica and Maura said that their favorite part of the concert was Trivia: Love because of the “special effects of hearts displayed onto the screen along with the word love written in all different languages.” My favorite part of the movie was when Jungkook performed Euphoria. Halfway through the song, he attached himself to pulley contraption and started to fly around the entire venue.
One thing I didn’t like about the movie was when there weren’t any subtitles provided for when the members spoke Korean. I wish I was able to know what they were saying when they weren’t performing. Although it wasn’t the movies fault, there was an inconvenience when the last fifteen minutes of the movie was cut off and fans weren’t able to see the ending. During the encore, the camera panned around to show the audience which I felt was not needed. Many fans were waiting for the encore to start and it seemed like forever.
Litzy Garcia said that this movie met her expectations because, “There were some slight changes to what they had performed in their other concerts during this tour, so it was really exciting to watch all the new things that were added.” This concert film met my expectations because it gave the chance for fans who can’t afford to see them live to experience the same energy and fun as seeing them live. Erica Sinchi says that if BTS were to release another concert movie or a film she would go see it because, “It’s interesting to see the behind the scenes of a concert of what they actually do and how they prepare for it. With their other movies, I think it would be just like that.” I would rate this movie a 4 out of 5 stars. Besides the fact that the movie didn’t have any English subtitles, I loved how fans were able to come together to watch their favorite idols perform. Both Litzy, Maura, and Erica rated the movie a 5 out of 5 because they weren’t able to see them live and was able to experience what the BTS concert would be like. Overall, this film was a great way for fans to see their Idols and have fun with others who share the same devotion. If you’re interested in K-pop and concerts, then I would recommend this movie for you.