Burn The Stage: The Movie Will Make You Cry, Guaranteed
I’ve seen BTS live several times. I’ve had two hi-touch opportunities. I’ve had my fair share of BTS experiences, but seeing them on the big screen still put a lump in my throat that I simply could not shake. I kept trying to reason with my emotions by telling myself that after seeing them so many times up close, a movie theater screen was nothing. But there’s no arguing with a fangirl’s heart—Burn The Stage: The Movie made me emotional in ways I never thought a movie would.
I wasn’t having the best day. It was the first snow of the season in New York City. I had to go to Times Square by myself after a long day of classes and work. All I wanted was to be home and in bed watching the YouTube version of Burn The Stage. But ARMY will get me—BTS drives us in ways we never thought could be possible. So I got on that Q express train and made my way to AMC Empire 25. I was surprised (maybe not so much) to see an overwhelming large amount of fellow fans of all ages gathering at the movie theater. There was no way you could walk into that place without seeing BT21 gear.
I was a bit shy because I was one of the few who was there alone. I kept to myself, found my seat, and kept reading “The Shining” because, you know, college waits for no one. It was exciting watching ARMY find their friends, give away posters and photocards, meet new people, and hype each other up for the movie. It warmed my heart overhearing conversations of excited fans that would finally be seeing them outside their laptops and phone screens.
The second the lights went down, it was on. We were greeted by the BT21 characters and watched a beautiful advertisement for the newest, interactive ARMY Bomb. If I hadn’t already been persuaded to buy the latest version at their most recent concert, (and already having three different versions of the same lightstick), I would’ve gone home and bought mine that night. Finally, the movie began with narration that sticks with us throughout the entire journey.
While we have always been included in BTS’s creative process with backstage access through Episodes, Bombs, and the series version of Burn The Stage, it’s safe to say this was different. I am absolutely convinced that the movie was edited to make us cry. We got to see the many hardships experienced by the group while on tour, but we also got to see how they spent much of their fun down time with each other. I kept myself together through most of it, but once ARMY showed up on the big screen with their own messages to BTS, I had a complete breakdown. It was a mix of being completely proud of both the group and of fans and thinking about all of the things I wish I could say to BTS. After all these years and all of these accomplishments, I couldn’t possibly have been more proud than I was in that instant surrounded by fellow ARMY.