We went opening night, August 7th, 2019, mainly because it was the only night we all had free to watch as a family. Of course, I bought an extra ticket when it first went on sale because I knew my daughter would bring one of her friends.
We arrived as early as we could, being it a work night for me, and a gathering of ARMY could be seen lining up 1hr 15min before showtime. By the time we wolfed down some theater food as a poor excuse for dinner, the line-up had grown. We hopped into the line (thankfully early enough so we knew we would get decent seats) but by the time they were scanning our tickets, the line was trailing outside the theater and into the mall entrance.
The movie, or documentary, of their Love Yourself Tour was amazing. Like their first Wings tour documentary, Burn the Stage, I felt it was very artistically done. Yet there were so many differences as we witness the growth of BTS, along with each individual members, from just a year and a half apart from all the footages shown between both documentaries.
While Burn the Stage, the movie, was more poetic, this one had a more edgier feel. You will see this just in some of the music accompaniment as they go from city to city. They do this as they talk about their memories up to date while having dinner their last night in Paris. Throughout the concert scenes and them traveling here to there, the camera follows individual members as they give an informal interview, of sorts, behind the stage, during days off, in their hotel room while they continue to work on music. There was a lot of back and forth from solo members to group scenes but they all were put together quite well with smooth transitions. I was extremely impressed with the editing.
One thing which stood out the most for me was how funny Bring the Soul was. They really captured the casual, everyday humor seen across all members. These were raw moments – all very natural. And through these exchanges of humor, we get a glimpse of how in tune they are with one another and how they truly operate as a family.
Would I watch this movie again? In a heartbeat. I might try to see it this weekend on my own. My daughter actually returned the next day to see the matinee time with the same friend who came with us on opening night. For those who do not have this movie showing where they live, there was a pre-movie Bring the Soul commercial stating you can purchase the movie through the Weverse app. So if you do not have Weverse, here’s your chance to join the bandwagon!
If we can purchase it as a one-time fee, I will be happy. I wasn’t too keen on having to subscribe to YouTube Red in order to watch Bring the Soul because I simply wasn’t interested in a YouTube’s monthly subscription to begin with. I preferred, being in Canada when we did not have the ability to subscribe to YouTube’s Red, to just purchase each Bring the Soul series for $2.49 each. And I was prepared to purchase the movie even if it was going to be around $20-25. But by then, they opened up YouTube Red to Canada… and that worked against my plan.