by maddiePierce, ’15
Being in the world’s biggest boyband may not be easy, but the British-Irish group One Direction sure make it look that way. “One Direction: This is Us,” a “documentary” directed by Morgan Spurlock, follows Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, and Louis Tomlinson as they take on the world during their 2012-2013 stadium tour.
The movie, which was released on August 30, features charming clips of the boys backstage, reminiscing about the days they were put together on the British XFactor back in 2010 and musing about their future together. But despite the backstage looks the viewer briefly glimpses, such as Horan wheeling bandmate Styles around in a trash can, or the boys playing tricks on their handlers, the “documentary” aspect of the film that one would expect is sorely missing. Many were expecting more from Spurlock, who is well-known for his documentary “Super-Size Me”, and were disappointed with how “clean cut” the movie appeared. Nowhere does the viewer see a girlfriend, anything stronger than a bottle of water lying around, or hear even a slight cuss word. The film, possibly due to this, is accurately rated PG.
But as opposed to similar “concert experience” movies such as “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” and “Katy Perry: Part Of Me”, One Direction’s movie offers just as much footage of the fans as of the band, which is both touching and slightly annoying. Fans are everywhere: screaming, jumping, and crying. Mostly crying. At one point one girl proclaims, in broken english, “I know they love me, even though they don’t know me,” which basically sums up One Direction’s followers as a whole.
“Dedicated, that’s what they are,” agrees Horan, while opening a window in his hotel room to wave to thousands of screaming girls standing outside. The focus on the fans helps the viewer to better understand what these boys, who range from only 19 to 21 years of age, have to endure on a daily basis. But during a more serious part of the movie (of which there were few), Tomlinson proclaims, “It’s a teamwork between us and them.”
The movie is no longer showing in theaters, but will be available to buy on DVD Christmas day for the whole family to enjoy.
Although the movie is clearly aimed towards a younger audience, even people that are not fans will enjoy learning about how the band was formed. The film may not make every viewer into a “directioner” but it will certainly help them understand the group as a whole.
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