ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US
Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson.
Morgan Spurlock (
YOU think it’s tough living your life in a boy- band? Then try living your life as a boy- brand. So goes the sole lesson to be learned from One Direction: This is Us, a piffl ing concert doco about fi ve young men who have temporarily harnessed the power to make millions of young women scream.
Filmed during the fi nal phase of a punishing global touring schedule that only wrapped a few months ago, This is Us hosts a predictably sanitised celebration of One Direction’s extraordinary success.
You want deep and meaningful insights into life at the eye of the One Direction hurricane? Not gonna happen. You want the lads gabbing about how much
PERCY JACKSON : SEA OF MONSTERS ( PG) they owe it all to their mums, their dads and their fans?
And would you mind if they took their shirts off every now and then?
How about a peek inside the bedrooms where they used to sleep as kids? Or a front- row seat for the boys’ zany backstage antics? Perhaps some thanking of fans? Is gonna happen. It would be unfair to deride This is Us too much, as its only job is to preach to the pre- converted.
As there is no pressing need to impress here, the pacing of This is Us is leisurely at best, lazy at worst.
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The live- on- stage sequences happen every fi ve or 10 minutes, and are more about generating gyrating close- ups of each individual member than showcasing the music.
In fact, what becomes apparent very quickly is One Direction seem oddly disconnected from their songs on both a creative and personal level. Each number is just another verse- chorus- verse job that must be done.
Pop music has always been an assemblyline business, particularly in the fi eld One Direction has conquered. The trick is making it not look like the repetitive, mundane work it actually is.
After such a long shift on the road and in the spotlight, One Direction understandably come off as a touch tired and jaded in This is Us.
However, there is a genuine camaraderie among the group that director Morgan Spurlock is ready to capture at every opportunity.
There is defi nitely a shared bond that has allowed One Direction to keep sight of where they’ve come from during their rise to fame.
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