This post is so late in coming to you that I’m embarrassed. I’m embarrassed and I feel like I need to apologize to the boys of BigBang. My lateness on this post has no reflection on you, my love of you or my appreciation for all of your hard work putting all this together. My bad boys, I’ll try to do better in the future.
What is this about? Well, while I was in LA for KCON, something very special happened. I got to see the BigBang Made movie! And, oddly, it is an experience I will never forget.
Why, you say? Why is a simple movie made up of concert footage, behind the scenes video, and interviews be so awesome it cost me TWENTYEFFINGDOLLARS to get in? Well, that is the story.
When we learned that the BigBang Made movie would be playing in a theater while we in LA, it was pretty much a no-brainer as to whether we were going or not. There was actually a big release pre-kcon party happening that they wanted us to go to, but as we were just arriving that day, we took the chance that the movie would continue to play while we vacationed after the con.
And it did! (Whew, as I feel like I probably would have been murdered by the other people in my party if I had been the reason why we didn’t get to see this–especially considering how cool it ended up being.)
So, on our Monday after Kcon, usually known Kchat’s day of rest, we planned a double feature, kicking off the day with Gong Yoo’s Train To Busan (yes, I am aware I am late with that review as well.) and the Made movie. Liz C who we met at the Kchat meetup, joined up with us for this epic experience (no, no I am not over-selling this, shut your face…ahem. Sorry.) where we had a post zombie, pre-hottie patbingsu experience.
Now, we had heard a few bits of rumbles during Kcon about this movie, how it was in a special theater, (hence the 20 price) and a nakers GDragon sighting. So we were a little surprised when we walked into the same theater we had just come out of. Uhh…that was no special theater. Don’t get me wrong. It was group BigBang experience, I would have spent the $20, but it didn’t need to be oversold.
(You know what also didn’t need to be oversold? The nakers scene. GD in his underpants does not nakers make.)
As I hadn’t really gotten a chance to hang with Liz C, I made sure we were seat partners for this experience. The crowd was freaking awesome as all of them were BigBang fans and a lot of them had come from KCON just as we had. I actually met some people who had come to a couple of my panels. (Too cool.) The girls behind us actually brought their light sticks.
We eagerly awaited the movie.
When it started, I realized why people were talking about it. I realized why they had contracted to show this movie only in special theaters in Korea (and apparently here). The lights went down, the screens turned on and that’s when we realized we were in a special projection theater where the movie would be playing all around us. Not an IMAX theater, but actually fully projected on 3 of the walls. We were in the middle of the action—when they showed concert footage—we literally had the best seats in the house. It was amazing.
As we were amongst a crowd of like-minded fangirls, the whole place turned into a concert-like experience. We cheered, we laughed, we danced in our seats, we sang along. It was one of those times where the crowd actually made the experience even better. (Which is nice as usually it’s the opposite, isn’t it?)
So, let’s get to the movie itself. It really is a behind the scenes look at the creating of the Made concert experience from the very first concert, through filming some of the music videos, to their world tour. Throughout the story I was able to figure out where I was in the timeline of their history on whether GD had the neck tattoo. (The one he got during his stop in NY for the concert I was at.) We got to see the hijinks, the pratfalls, and just how much these guys push themselves.
Here are some of my top moments from the movie:
- The shower photo prank. T.O.P swearing in his underwear? Yes, please.
- Learning GD’s neck tattoo is patterned after one of the guys on the staff, so now he has some guys random face on his neck for all his life.
- Seeing them all so drunk while recording on Jeju.
- GD’s exhaustion/burnout during their first concerts when the show was him focused for too long, causing him to collapse backstage.
- T.O.P eating grilled bananas because of a communication failure.
- Daesung getting stuck paying thousands of dollars so that everyone could stay an extra night in NY, when he was the only one who didn’t really want to stay.
- Being able to see the guys chilling in their downtime while on tour. While I know it’s not all sunshine and lollypops, I’m glad that they were able to do some things together in the different counties.
- T.O.P’s incessant swearing.
- Seeing the boys freak out when the preparation the night before the first concert when everything was going so wrong, it seems mean but it was interesting to see them working so hard, and seeing how involved they are in the creation of their content.
- The attempt at suspense running throughout with the question “Will they sign with YG?” Spoiler alert: Yes they did. Of course they did, this was the least suspenseful bit of attempted suspense ever.
Funny side story. They had posters. $15. I debated on whether or not I wanted one. And if I bought it, which one? I decided to be good and took a pass, then? I found out they were actually $15 for the set! Well, with that, of course, I had to buy them. Which means? I took the T.O.P for myself (he matches my Junsu refrigerator nicely) gave pervy Seungri to Liz C (who promised to send me a picture of him in his new home and has yet to do so) and promised GD to Cherry. (I had to, it was a friend thing.) Which means I still have 3 left! Whatever am I going to do with them? You wouldn’t happen to know someone who might want one, would you? No? Well, then.
Just kidding! First three commenters! I have one Daesung, one Taeyang, and one complete MADE poster up for grabs, just let me know what you want and I shall give mail to you!