464. One Direction: This Is Us (2013)

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4.0 Painful and dull
  • Directing 4.6
  • Content 3.5
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Starring: Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik

Director: Morgan Spurlock

Running Time: 92 mins


One Direction: This Is Us is a British documentary about the boy band One Direction, and how they came to be, and their lives experiencing the world of international pop fame.

Well, what can you really say about this? To be honest, I don’t actually know who these people are, just that they sing some pop songs, so you could say that I learnt a lot from this documentary, although it may not have been for the better.

The main problem with this film is that it’s pretty much completely inaccessible for anyone who vaguely dislikes One Direction. If you’re a die-hard fan of this band, then I’m sure that these 92 minutes would be your heaven, because you get to see their private lives, and the fact that they do everything for their fans and all that cheesy rubbish.

However, if you don’t like One Direction, watching this is a real struggle. In reality, the people in the band aren’t particularly dislikable, just they’re not really that interesting. There’s no mind-blowing backstory to any of them that really engages you, and the only thing that could be mildly interesting would be their unbelievable rise to fame in the last 3 years.

Another huge problem with this film that makes it unwatchable for non-fans is the fact that at least half an hour is taken up with actual footage of them singing their songs. Now, the songs, in my opinion, are very plastic and not very good, and seeing as that takes up such a large part of the film really makes it dull and irritating to watch, so much so that I had to fast-forward a few of these songs.

Anyway, I’ll give this a 4.1, because although for 99.9% of Planet Earth, it’s quite a painful viewing experience, if you’re a hardcore One Direction fan, then there’s surely no better film.

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