Written by Matt Mungle
Title: One Direction: This is Us
Even as the words "One Direction" are typed millions of girls squeal in unison with no thought as to why. There are few things that cause such a reaction. It happened with the Beatles, Elvis, Michael Jackson, and now the boy band that went from reality show runner ups to a worldwide phenomenon. In the documentary One Direction: This is Us we get a backstage pass to the guys, the fans, and the music that drives girls wild.
Directed by acclaimed documentarian Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me) this film is full of music, behind the scene antics, as well as personal glimpses into the guys who were literally thrown together and handed to the world. At first it is hard to imagine Spurlock taking on the world of teenage boy bands. But after watching the film, you realize that he is the perfect guy. He is able to bring a balance, so that it isn't just screaming girls.
Yes it is true that most adults will have no reason to see this unless they have an offspring in tow. But if you happen to be one of those 1D dads and find yourself in a seat you can trust that there is enough to entertain you. One intriguing element is the power of social media in the advancement and success of the band. It is mind blowing how one tweet can move thousands to act.
The film is in 3D and normally that is a hindrance. But again Spurlock is the master and making things look perfect. During the live concert moments you really feel like you are in the arena. This will be a huge draw for young girls unable to attend a concert. The personal moments are not staged or manipulative, but a truly sweet look at the families who have lent their sons to the masses. Add to the fact that these guys are all jokesters and love to have fun and the script almost writes itself.
One Direction: This is Us is rated PG for mild language. There is nothing here that you should worry about seeing. Even the moments they catch the guys running around in their skivvies is in no way crude or suggestive. This is simply an intimate look at one of music's most intriguing, overnight successes. I give it 3.75 out of 5 golf cart rides. But I am sure the tweener in your family would give to a million out of 5.