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August 30th, 2013
Dear One Direction fans, I am one of you. I am not a twentysomething blogger who turns her nose up at screaming girls because I was that girl. Hell, I still scream for my fave artists. My point is, I’m not trying to hate on One Direction’s new movie, This Is Us, just for the sake of hating. I’ve listened the albums, I’ve watched all the videos, I even screamed a little for them when I saw them perform a year ago. I am a Directioner.
Which might be why I was all the more disappointed by this film. I JUST WANT THEM TO DO THEIR BEST, Y’KNOW?
We all know the cinderella backstory behind their success, we’ve seen their rise to fame on the X Factor and we may or may not have seen them in concert already. These are not new developments. But, unfortunately, that was what the majority of this film was. Greatly informative for those who have been living under a rock for the past number of years, but redundant for those who have such info memorized already. If anything, it’s just a pleasant – and 3D – recap for us; a visual scrapbook of One Direction’s stardom.
That being said, the behind-the-scenes snippets were great and heart-achingly endearing. Zayn’s phone conversation with his mum after she visits their new home left everyone teary-eyed and all of the boys’ backstage antics are hilarious, like watching your friends mess around.
But here’s what the film establishes, as reiterated what felt like a billion times throughout the film:
1) One Direction has the best fans ever.
2) They’re just a bunch of regular blokes.
3) Every show they’ve performed was they biggest show they’ve ever performed. Like, ever.
Thanks, I know I’m the best. Yes, I know you’re a bunch of down-to-earth guys. This is why we want to be your BFFs. And great, I’m glad you’ve found yet another venue to out-do yourselves. But, like, COME ON. These are simple facts that we could’ve gathered from a Vine video let alone a full-length feature.
This might be attributed to the fact that, maybe, the boys really don’t have much more of a story to tell at the moment. I mean, of course there’s no mention of Harry’s supposed wild ways with the ladies and not even one glimpse into their partying lives. It’s fine, we get it. This movie needed to be squeaky clean and polished to death. I swear I could pinpoint the moment when director Morgan Spurlock — who has done phenomenal works on documentaries like Super Size Me and Fahrenheit 9/11 — simply gives up and goes, “Well, alright, guess we’ll just throw another 3D shot of Liam reaching for the camera/audience.”
Everyone involved could’ve made This Is Us a much more interesting and insightful movie. Sure, there’s some spectacle and lots of giggly moments that super fans crave more of every time, but I could’ve spent the same amount of time just looking up cute GIFs of them on Tumblr. Just sayin’.
Perhaps the band just needs a few more years before they should’ve tackled a project this big, but regardless, can we please please please stop it with these artist-themed 3D blockbuster films? Want to really experience these artists? See them perform somewhere or simply indulge yourself with hours of FREE footage on YouTube. Save yourself the ticket admission price, surely this flick will be in a virtual discount bin somewhere in the future.
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