The documentary is a brief dive into the four megastars, Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa, who make up the uber-famous quartet. Directed by Caroline Suh (Salt Fat Acid Heat, The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem), it’s both a celebration of the meteoric rise of Blackpink and a crash course in K-pop, from trainee life to jet-setting around the world on tour. Coinciding with the release of the group’s new project, the already much-lauded The Album, the doc succeeds most when it is humanizing the members and showing the mind-blowing enormity of their popularity.
In fact, Light Up the Sky serves as a call to arms against K-pop stereotypes in general. The doc is a candy-coated switchblade that upends several long-standing misguided Western views with the ease of blowing a kiss.