Burn the Stage: The Movie is a drawn-out YouTube video that offers shallow insight on the lives of k-pop sensation BTS through a cheap compilation of amateur, pre-existing clips.
This documentary makes a feeble attempt at following k-pop idols RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook as they live and learn in their 2017 BTS Live Trilogy Episode III: The Wings Tour.
The ‘movie’ tries and fails to present the audience with a plausible plot by using a weak metaphor as its backbone: the boys are in a desert and they are trying to reach a mirage they hope is real. As they move forward, they discover their own passions and desires, finding out if they will ever truly live the dream.
In reality, the entirety of the film holds zero cinematic value, using an assortment of shaky clips and uninteresting angles as it follows BTS’s daily lives on their world tour - heartfelt moments backstage before a show, goofing around in their free time, playing with cute little puppies included clearly to garner teenage girl attention - overlaid with forced-husky narrations from the boys that render them indistinguishable from each other. Perhaps the fault lies in unskilled translators, but it almost seems as if the same sentence is being repeated over and over again.
Whilst BTS’s message of loving yourself before others surely resonates with its fan base, the movie provides no real explanation of why or how songwriters RM and Suga came to this philosophical conclusion, or what each member is really like - only a bland, company-approved version that gushes over their loving fans and amazing opportunities.
The editing does occasionally have worthy comedic timing, but it is sullied by the plethora of unnecessary shots of screaming crowds and mundane occurrences that manages to bore us right when we actually start enjoying it.
Though it does humanise the idols and allow us to truly get to know them and their work beyond the music, it is an undeniable fact that any fan who watches this movie most likely has already seen countless videos of the same nature on BTS’ YouTube channel, Bangtan Bomb, from which this documentary has blatantly re-used some clips (the watermark was there!). It is truly a shameless business venture to exploit fans who are misled into believing that they’d leave imparted with any new information about their favourite singers.
There is no need spend real money on something so easily accessed for free on YouTube, Twitter, and everywhere else. Unless you are a hardcore fan who wishes to support BTS further by throwing money at them, or if you feel the cinema atmosphere would greatly improve your YouTube experience, just watch it at home.