One Direction: This Is Us (2013)
Critic Consensus: It's mostly for the converted, but One Direction: This Is Us will be fun for fans -- and it offers just enough slickly edited concert footage to entertain the casual viewer.
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This Is Us does what it needs to do for its target audience. But anyone looking for actual substance or insight will be disappointed and maybe even a little bored with its repetitive nature.
The boys are very likable, but the film around them is still very repetitive.
Even Niall's schtick of whipping up or quieting down a mass of waiting fans seems the most innocuous metaphor imaginable for the manipulation that, unexamined here, lies at the hollow heart of all this manufactured stardom and its manufactured followers.
What's super-odd about this film is its director, Morgan Spurlock. Best-known as an activist documentarian...it's a bit of a shock to see his controversy-magnet name attached to something so tame, formulaic and corporate.
Audience Reviews for One Direction: This Is Us
Though definitely not worth the blood-curling screams of girly adulation comprising much of this musical pop bio, the sing-songy This is Us passes as entertainment purely on the merits of its, well, Direction. Of course, the movie wasn't necessarily produced for the kind of booze-addled curmudgeonly film critic in his late '30s whose next concert is Merle Haggard. The moviegoers who're not Boy Band enthusiasts and fanclub card-holders, however, must keep this in mind: One Direction's musical travelogue follows in the small footsteps of such recent teen pop concert films as The Jonas Brothers Concert Experience, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, and Katy Perry: Part of Me, inflated cinematic experiences with the quality and entertainment value of a VH1 Special minus 3D technology. Still, as one broadcaster notes, "Not even the Beatles achieved such trans-Atlantic success so soon in their careers." Thanks to a 90-minute running time, a few welcome codas and zippy visuals, the 'why' behind this statement gets hammered home whether you want to hear it or not.
This PG-rated concert film and documentary chronicles the meteoric rise to fame of pop band One Direction, from their humble hometown beginnings to performing at London's famed O2 Arena.
Morgan Spurlock, the whipsmart documentarian behind Super Size Me, imbues the behind-the-scenes story of these latter-day New Kids on the Block with visual tics such as animated lyrics and tender telling family moments allowed to run rather than cut short to respect a music video watcher's attention span. He keeps this piece of caramel popcorn from completely becoming No Direction.
Bottom line: A Hard Day's Blight.
Yes ... I watched this. I watched it with my teenage niece because I am the greatest uncle in the world. After watching it and listening to the boys of One Direction - Harry, Zayn, Liam, Niall and Louis - speak out about fame, fortune and family, I will admit that I found the entire "doc" to be entertaining-enough and I have come away from the film with a bit of respect and better understanding of these gifted young men who rose to fame by actually displaying talent on a British reality show helmed by Simon Cowell (who makes sure to get his mug inserted into nearly everything this merry band of players does). The caliber of talent can be debated but I admit to them having a few catchy tunes that have understandably caught on with their audience (and was even featured in the London Olympic Games' opening ceremony). I do believe these young men have a pop-infused talent that is worthy of some recognition but I also firmly believe the group is a tad bit overhyped and time will tell whether they are the world's next, legitimate British Invasion. The doc is segments of concert spliced together with interviews of the guys reflecting upon where they are now in life (as just a few short years ago they were reality show rejections). The boys appear to have everything they could ever want to buy now; but it was nice seeing them reflect upon earlier times and still acknowledging they understand the value of money, work and family by not turning a blind eye to their previous lives. They seem like good people - my niece could like worse - who are enjoying what life is presenting them but more importantly remembering where they have come from. Like some of their own music - this isn't that bad ... but who else would ever admit to watching this or listening to that?
I'm a 13 year old girl, and a directioner. These boys have changed my life to where i don't even know how to begin to explain it. i love them with everything I have and I will never be able to thank them fully. there is no way i can. <3 Thanks to simon Cowell, those 5 boys, have changed millions of girls' lives and they continue to save their lives <3 they mean everything and more to me and others ,3 I LOVE YOU NIALL JAMES, HARRY EDWARD, ZAYN JAVADD,LOUIS WILLIAM, AND LIAM JAMES <3You'll always be my babies no matter how big you get <3 i love you!!! <33 thank you
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