Exploring the Personas: Break The Silence: The Movie Review
With their latest documentary “Break The Silence,” BTS takes us with them on their biggest tour yet, “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself,” and gives us another glimpse of themselves off stage.
Having the secondary title “Persona,” the movie sets out to explore each member individually. Just as it suggests, the boys delve deeper into their own selves, putting aside their on-stage personas. Separated into seven segments, the documentary presents the seven boys as themselves﹣Kim Namjoon, Kim Seokjin, Min Yoongi, Jung Hoseok, Park Jimin, Kim Taehyung and Jeon Jungkook. For a moment, the boys leave their stage image and tell personal stories and thoughts that have been left untold.
The movie includes a selected few concerts that took place throughout the length of the tour. During 90 minutes, the viewers get to see the concert footage from the U.S., U.K., France, Brazil, Japan, Saudi Arabia and their home turf South Korea. It always is a magical experience to take part in BTS’s concerts (live or on screen), and being able to visit them again with ARMYs in the theatre brings a collective surge of true happiness.
The documentary starts with a shot of the whole group having one of their dinners, all huddled together at a one table. The group is talking about an alternative life - where they would be and what they would do if they were not a part of BTS. RM goes on to reflect that this type of lifestyle - travelling across continents and performing at massive venues - has somehow become a part of their daily lives. The boys then go on to introduce themselves with both their stage names and real names, setting the tone for the rest of the documentary.
“Break The Silence” takes us to the first stop of the world tour in Pasadena, California, and captures the brilliant madness that is attending one of the BTS’s concerts; queues starting three days before the concert, extremely long merch lines and fans, decked out in BTS and BT21 merch, ready for the best night of their lives. This sets an environment in which BTS, the most influential band in the world, lives and works.
A big portion of the movie, however, is dedicated to showing how the seven boys spend their time in between the shows and what thoughts occupy their minds. Here, the documentary turns more emotional and serious as the members talk about such subjects as pressure, fear, loneliness, depression and self-worth.
We tag along with Jin who spends his free time in an amusement park and talks about seeking to show only the positive and happy sides of his personality for the sake of ARMY. We follow RM to a woodworking shop, where he reflects on his connection with nature and art, and how it helped him deal with pressure that came with fame.
J-hope takes us on a visit to a park and discusses the part BTS and the members play in his life, and the way he would feel incomplete and not himself without them. We drive around São Paulo with Jimin and listen to him talking about ideas of freedom, loneliness, which were a big part of his debut years up until now.
V takes us strolling the streets of London, taking in the sights of the city, as he touches on the subjects of depression and hardship he went through. We sit with SUGA in his hotel room as he composes music and talks about constantly working on himself and striving to show more unexpected sides of his personality. We catch Jungkook snacking backstage at one of their concerts, conveying his doubts about his skills and abilities.
When the documentary wraps up with the footage from their finale in Seoul and a beautiful special thanks to “our biggest voice, ARMY”, it is hard not to feel overwhelmed with emotions. “Break the Silence” only reconfirms that behind the stage personas of RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook, these seven boys go through hardships just like anyone else. By showing their vulnerability and openness on such difficult subjects, the movie turns into a comforting message instead: hardships are a part of our lives, and it’s okay to sometimes feel not okay; the important thing is to find happiness in the small things.
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