A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The bandmates really allow their fans to see beyond the notion of celebrity. They interact with each other and their fans with empathy, compassion; fans are constantly encouraged to love themselves. A major theme is transparency. One group member says, "When you see me next year, I promise that you will see a better human being." Themes include teamwork, communication, persistence, having a strong work ethic. Band's willingness to embrace another culture's style of music and share it with the world showcases power of cultural diversity, benefit of sharing musical talents with the world.
Positive Role Models
BTS is a positive group of young men who use their platform to promote their fans' self-esteem and encourage others to embrace their individuality. They show respect for differences among the members of their group, as well as among others in general. Their admiration and respect for hip-hop culture is evident. When members of the group get tired while on tour, their positive mantras and mindsets help them endure fear, physical pain, even self-doubt. Bandmates exert positive influence through activities like a "Speak Yourself" speech at the United Nations.
Violence & Scariness
In one scene, a band member gets a very deep cut; there are a few medical scenes as a result.
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Products & Purchases
Band members often go shopping and wear tons of designer clothing and trendy items. They sleep and eat at the finest establishments, and public persona and appearance are of great importance. Band members are flown around the world in private jets. Mention of fans wearing and purchasing their merchandise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Bandmates often drink alcohol at the end of each concert while at dinner. Several members of the group drink socially and smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bring the Soul: The Movie is a tour documentary about massively popular Korean K-pop band BTS. The film showcases how influential the bandmates are in their fans' lives and the positive effects of celebrities using their platform to encourage others. It also depicts the hard work and often daunting effects that overworking the body can have on performers (a few medical scenes show the aftermath of an injury). Positive messages include the value of loving yourself and working as a team, but the documentary also seems geared toward encouraging fans to keep buying tickets, attending events, and supporting the brand. The bandmates dress in unisex apparel; there's some gender fluidity among them. They're sometimes extremely hard on themselves, and some of them drink and smoke. But, ultimately, the documentary highlights music's power to bring humanity together and illustrates the influence that celebrities have on youth worldwide. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This documentary embraces the idea that music has the power to inspire, unite, and mobilize people around the globe. While BTS's legions of fans are inspired by the band's inspirational messages and unique fashion sense, the film also subtly raises issues of sexual identity, gender fluidity, and validation through celebrity. The bandmates' transparency is refreshing and admirable -- it's coupled with their inspiring compassion toward their fans.
That said, if you're not a BTS superfan, the film may get redundant after a while. It weaves together footage of them in each city they visit on tour -- and, toward the end, it gets somewhat monotonous to watch obsessed fans and famous musicians talk about themselves. But it's quite interesting to see how preteens, teens, and even young adults are influenced by BTS. While Bring the Soul: The Movie depicts the positive way in which the group uses their influence, it also shows how vulnerable young fans are when it comes to the notion of celebrity.
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