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'Blackpink: Light Up the Sky' shines brightest when it humanizes the K-pop group

October 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

"Blackpink: Light Up the Sky" not surprisingly contains its share of material simply aimed at the K-pop group's fans, affectionately known as "Blinks." Yet there is a deeper undercurrent to this Netflix documentary about the sacrifices and stresses placed on these young women, reminiscent of the training regimens that Olympic athletes face in pursuit of gold and glory.

(CNN)"Blackpink: Light Up the Sky" not surprisingly contains its share of material simply aimed at the K-pop group's fans, affectionately known as "Blinks. " Yet there is a deeper undercurrent to this Netflix documentary about the sacrifices and stresses placed on these young women, reminiscent of the training regimens that Olympic athletes face in pursuit of gold and glory.

While the stars of Blackpink -- Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa -- express the requisite enthusiasm for performing, the film really distinguishes itself when the women let their guard down a bit, going beyond the platitudes.

Of course, the all-female quartet remains in their 20s, with hits like "Kill This Love," and the moments of sobriety don't make "Blackpink: Light Up the Sky" a downer by any means.

For Netflix, aligning itself with popular music acts is clearly a no-brainer -- witness its Taylor Swift documentary "Miss Americana" earlier this year -- and a way to broaden its demographic appeal.

Seen that way, "Blackpink: Light Up the Sky" manages to offer a welcome reminder that even for K-pop's reigning queens, all that glitters isn't always gold.

"Blackpink: Light Up the Sky" premieres Oct. 14 on Netflix.

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