BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky (2020) Review

Blackpink: Light Up the Sky (2020) - IMDb

The key to any documentary, even one about specific musicians, is that if their story is interesting enough, it won’t matter if you are not a fan. Unfortunately, BLACKPINK’s documentary does not fall into this category. That’s because this is an “official” documentary and feels heavily censored and manufactured. That aspect of manufacturing though is actually the more interesting part of the K-Pop girl-group’s story.

A key part to the group’s story is their creation. Working for K-Pop production company YG Entertainment, the movie shows aspects of the girl’s audition process and the brutal, labour intensive training which makes them the musicians they become. They speak of 13 days of training in a row, being graded every week and being brutally cast-out if they don’t fit the standard. This is the part which shocks and interests and although it feels like the band members are being honest and giving a no-holds barred account, you want to find out more. It opens the door a little bit to interest but doesn’t do enough. No surprise considering that YG Entertainment had a hand in this movie’s production.

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Instead, the focus of the movie is on the members that make up the band. We get insight into their backgrounds, each of their stories and how they came to be in the band and their process now. For a fan it will be invaluable, interesting insight and Blinks (as their fans are called) will love it. For anyone with little more than casual intrigue, there stories are not that interesting or different to any other manufactured band we have seen before.

Even the insight into their music making process, with fleeting moments in the studio, could be developed further. These are girls that have had a huge success, playing Coachella and embarking on a world tour in 2019, but too little is spent on how they make their music, what success means or even the planning and execution of the tour; all things which would have been much more interesting than this heavily edited and censored spotlight on the band.

Overall, BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky is strictly for the fans. The stories of the rise of each girl will interest nobody else and all the aspects which could have been much more engaging, such as the manufactured band process, the planning of a tour, the first ever gig at Coachella, are all glossed over far too quickly. Add two stars if you are a fan.

Rating – 2

(1 – Awful, 2 – Average, 3 – Good, 4 – Great, 5! – Must See)

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