OPINION: MOVIE REVIEW: One Direction: This Is Us (3-D). Starring Liam Payne, Harry Style, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik. Directed by Morgan Spurlock
To those that know me and my taste in music, it will come as no surprise that I'm a fan of One Direction (1D), although, since I'm no longer a teenager (only at heart), it's not something I often admit to.
It makes sense then, that I was a tad excited that the One Direction boys were making a documentary in the same vein as Katy Perry and Justin Bieber (for the record, I am NOT a Bieber fan). Yet, I was convinced that this 1D film was going to be no more than a marketing campaign aimed at taking money off teenage girls. Thankfully, it was more.
This documentary follows Liam, Harry, Niall, Louis and Zayn on their recent world tour, interspersed with fantastic live performances from London's O2 Arena and revealing interviews with the lads.
It shows snippets from their X-Factor beginnings, appropriately narrated by Simon Cowell with his trademark "I'm filthy rich" smirk on his face. Cowell's short appearance is followed by a look at how the lads' rapid rise to fame is attributed to a group of super-fans who used social media to pump the global awareness of the latest boy band.
Morgan Spurlock, who is better known for eye-opening documentaries Super Size Me and The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, was not the obvious choice for director of this film, but it did make sense.
He likes to take sensational topics and open up material to a wider audience; with this film he has sort of succeeded. The fact is, the majority of people watching this film will be existing One Direction fans.
Those that do not like the band or the label that has been placed on them will avoid seeing the film at all costs. It's a shame.
Love them or hate them, no-one can deny that One Direction is a world-wide phenomenon, something a lot of British boy bands, apart from the Beatles, have struggled to achieve. Even my dear Westlife failed.
More than anything, One Direction: This Is Us is interesting to watch. It's obvious that the boys know how lucky they are, that if one of them had decided not to go to their X-Factor audition they would not have the amazing opportunities that have opened up to them. They are down-to-earth boys, seeing the world, making billions of fans happy, all the while having the time of their lives.
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