BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky: Movie Review

When we think of artists, we usually think of the glitz, the glamour and the riches - we tend to forget the very heavy sacrifices that it asks in exchange for that fame. "BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky" heavily focuses on the latter which we appreciated very much. While it might be a very light and casual take on that very serious journey, it does enough to showcase that being famous doesn't happen (and end) overnight.
Following the meteoric rise of the South Korean superstar girl group, BLACKPINK, the documentary film features exclusive interviews with never-before-seen footage of Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa. This includes their childhoods, auditions, trainee days, and to the global sensations they are today culminating with their 2019 Coachella performance.
It's not the first time that we have seen a celebrity-based documentary that focuses on their journey to stardom. In that light, "BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky" doesn't really break any molds. But the mold it uses has always been effective and we actually saw this in a very positive light. Setting things straight, we’re very casual fans of BLACKPINK - knowing their songs through music rather than the group itself. But even with that,  we certainly enjoyed getting to know the band more as “Light Up the Sky” provided enough and ample time for each member to delve into their childhood, shockingly gruelling training, and even future aspirations. The best moments were the audition tapes for each member that really showed where they started and how they have progressed through the years. The documentary also perfectly showcased that the success they had was not a simple and magical one. In fact, it was like a miracle and a game of luck that they were even selected, considering the uncertainties and the intensive half decade training program and selection process each member had to experience. It was shocking for us to know that members weren’t able to go home or meet their families due to their training. If there’s one thing that we enjoyed with “Light Up the Sky”, it felt authentic at a certain level and it will definitely satisfy fans who crave to see their idols in a more poignant, intimate, and down-to-earth level. The only downside was probably its runtime. At around 89 minutes, we wished it was actually longer and provided more behind-the-scenes encounters. Fortunately, “BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky” does enough to be very interesting and enjoyable - even for non-Blinks like us. 
Rating: 4 and a half reels

Why you should watch it: 
- an intimate and authentic look not only on BLACKPINK but also into the tumultuous journey into becoming a k-pop sensation 

 Why you shouldn't watch it: 
- we actually wished it was longer
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