A review of Blackpink: Light Up the Sky – Victoria Audu
Blackpink in your area!
You read that right! if you are a Netflix subscriber or happen to share one with someone who has an account on the popular streaming platform, then Blackpink is most definitely in your area with their brand-new documentary titled Blackpink: Light Up the Sky.
The South Korean girl group, Blackpink has celebrated the release of their documentary which is the first to be broadcast by Netflix on any South Korean group, but just like you will find out after watching the film, this is not their first time being in first place.
The documentary directed by Caroline Suh was released on the 14th of October and has definitely captured international appreciation as fans of the global group, more commonly referred to as blinks, hurry to see the unfiltered backstage lives of the idols they love and adore.
The film stars members of the group; Korean rapper Jennie Kim, Thai dancer Lalalisa Monoban, Australian singer Rose Park, and main face of the group and singer Kim Ji-soo as they open up about the tough days of being YG trainees and the surreal feeling of rising to global stardom only four years since their debut.
Fans are able to see their intense practice routines, pre-debut, trainee and audition clips as well as backstage preparations for their world tour and album. The documentary also shows life as a K-pop idol featuring many famous groups such as legendary boy group Big Bang, former YG girl group 2ne1, VIXX and trainees from other agencies such as SM all of which enhances appreciation for the film’s inclusivity.
Although not a particularly long film at just 79 minutes, fans and even non-fans all around the world have attested that it was a heartwarming showcase and they were deeply moved. Many have even claimed biases and confessed to now stanning the group based on the film alone.
Ultimately, even with their show stopping performances, beautifully directed music videos and instantly addictive songs, it seems the main focus of the documentary is the sincerity displayed by each of the girls. Their vulnerability and openness is a major part of the production which helps fans connect more deeply with them and see them as more than just idols, but rather as human beings.
With the many successes they have achieved, Blackpink continues to blow away not only the K-pop industry but the music industry as a whole- breaking records, setting new standards and creating a voice of their own. It is obvious to see that Blackpink truly is the revolution, and we cannot wait to see where they are headed next.
Victoria Audu is a writer, editor and content creator who loves to experience varying cultures from around the world, translating them into stories- most specifically, from a Nigerian point of view.