This documentary showcases the life of UK’s biggest social media star KSI, as it showcases the notable events of his career from 2021 to 2022. With added context, the film offers an emotional yet engaging perspective to his internet persona that is KSI, his personal life and relationships with friends and family. By: Dylan Low
Prime Video https://www.primevideo.com
Coughlin, Donna Ferry, Sophie Grant, Hannah Ramsey, Louis Theroux
Production Companies: Mindhouse Productions
This documentary showcases the life of UK’s biggest social media star KSI, as it showcases the notable events of his career from 2021 to 2022. With added context, the film offers an emotional yet engaging perspective to his internet persona that is KSI, his personal life and relationships with friends and family.
Spanning up to 90-minutes long, the film documents
the two-year timeframe of the UK influencer icon between 2021 and 2022, It
talks about moments such as him performing at Reading & Leeds Festival,
recording his next third album, his relationships with family and girlfriend,
following him and his brother Deji's boxing careers, and his UK tour, which
concluded with a concert at Wembley Arena. The doc also reflects on the past,
entailing his origin story of his famed career, his humble beginnings back in
Watford, and his adoption of popular social media platform YouTube.
What makes the documentary stand out compared to
others is the raw authenticity in every moment, with all the issues that KSI
(real name JJ Olatunji) puts in the spotlight: money, loneliness, trust,
insecurity, generational trauma and the contradicting differences between who
his current identity and expectations of himself. Unlike his online persona KSI
who is confident and charismatic, he portrays himself differently off-camera.
To the viewers watching, it will definitely be a
riveting experience hearing about JJ’s honest opinions about himself and the
people around him, finding out what drives his sheer determination in pursuit
KSI: In Real Life
is filmed more similarly to a traditional film compared to a documentary. The
aspect ratio takes on more of a theatrical “letterbox” approach different from the
adapted-for-TV “widescreen” format most documentaries have, and awards the film
with a compelling outlook which suits the ambitious yet authentic personality
that is KSI.
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