Letâ€™s get this out of the way right off the bat before the comments section gets mobbed like Harry Styles lost in a Forever 21 on Black Friday: If you are a One Direction fan, you will love "This is Us."
There are plenty of shots of the meticulously groomed pop stars shirtless and in their skivvies. They play all of their catchy hits. They say cute and charming things about their families, their newfound superstardom, and most importantly, their maniacally dedicated fans. Swooning, screaming and joyful tears are pretty much a guarantee (I know this because I watched the movie in a public showing with over a hundred fans, and the screaming began before the lights even finished dimming. Props to them, though; when the movie actually started, they became quite civil).
So those already converted to the Church of the Melodious Swoopy Hairs will have much to praise. Theyâ€™ll be screaming. Everyone else, however, will likely be left snoring through what amounts to an exceptionally produced â€“ and exceptionally shallow â€“ ad.
"1D3D" (omg) follows the band as they fly across the globe for their massive world tour. For the uninitiated, thereâ€™s Harry Styles (the Heartthrob), Zayn Malik (the Mysterious One), Louis Tomlinson (the Goofy One), Niall Horan (the One Who Occasionally Plays the Guitar) and Liam Payne (the â€¦ uh â€¦ Fifth One?). Together, they tour exotic locales and perform the hits for crowds filled with sobbing fangirls and Martin Scorsese. Wait, what?!
In between numbers, the boys are seen having fun behind the scenes, playing harmless pranks on their mates and their loyal fans, enjoying the sights and giddily goofing around instead of learning choreography. Every now and then, they talk to the camera about life on the road, their origins on the British "The X Factor" and, uh, having more fun.Â
Their mentor Simon Cowell (also one of the filmâ€™s producers) is briefly interviewed, as well as a few music experts, who dubiously describe One Direction as "d…Read more...