Monsta X, consisting of Shownu, Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Joohoney and I.M, are the latest South Korean sensation to grace cinema screens worldwide, including two screenings at Colchester’s Odeon.

Their documentary, Monsta X: The Dreaming, is an insightful look into the creation of their second all-English album (also titled The Dreaming). The film exhibits behind the scenes footage and exclusive one on one interviews with the members, displaying a less acknowledged side to Monsta X, and their personal roles in crafting their music. The group also perform never before seen stages of some of their biggest hits such as Dramarama, Gambler, and Love Killa, as well as songs from their new album, including the retro-themed title track You Problem and mellow B-side Whispers In The Dark.

Describing the film as a ‘gift to the fandom’ (known as Monbebe), Monsta X address the struggles of navigating and re-choreographing as 5 members instead of 6, due to leader Shownu’s current military enlistment. Video montages of the members’ predebut and audition clips throw viewers back in time to 2015, allowing them to see the group’s growth since their debut. The film perfectly balances both humour and raw emotion, soliciting laughter and tears from everyone watching.

The documentary further proves to fans the close bond that the members have with each other. Viewers are taken into Monsta X’s dance practices, recording studio and meetings where they discuss their aims and goals. A bond between the group and those watching was clearly formed and strengthened by each member’s open desire and longing in their interviews to be back on stage and reunited with Monbebes worldwide.

Despite the total erasure of former member Wonho from past clips and performances, Monsta X: The Dreaming is well worth viewing, either as a Monbebe like myself, or as someone who wishes to learn more about Monsta X.