RELEASE DATE: 19/09/2013
RUN TIME: 1HR 32MIN
Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik require no introductions - One Direction is a global phenomenon. 'This Is Us' spans from their initial discovery on the UK's X-Factor to their very recent world tour, interwoven with moments from the concert, interviews and behind the scenes footage that highlight the group's laddish and boisterous nature as well as their fans' (at times) overwhelming dedication.
I’ve not seen a "concert"-type film like this before, but I get the feeling you’d be hard pressed to find one that is quite as slick. The concert scenes are shot in stunning 4K, and it shows. Clever cinematography and editing of the concert scenes really put you in the pit of screaming and crying teenage girls. It is probably one of the best uses of 3D I’ve seen, with plenty of looks into the camera to make the audience squeal (particularly from Liam). It is a testament Morgan Spurlock’s directorial skill that this film is as well oiled a machine as it is - but as with everything 1D, did we expect anything less?
The emotional highlight from the film doesn’t come from the boys, whose candid "talking about our feelings as a group" interviews come off as somewhat rehearsed. These moments come instead from the parents, whose overwhelming pride in their children is touching; a moment to mention is when Liam’s father discusses his son’s transition into manhood. If you are going into this film hoping for some insight into the dark side of One Direction, you might have to wait for a ‘Behind The Music’ type special in 20 years. This concert/documentary is squeaky clean, just like the boys in the band.
Clever cinematography and editing of the concert scenes really put you in the pit of screaming and crying teenage girls.
Definitely one for the fans, this is probably the next-best thing to actually being at a One Direction concert, as evidenced by the girls behind me who clapped, sang and cheered their way through. Add to that plenty of humorous moments from the boys' tour antics and their almost constant shirtless-ness, and this is certainly one that will keep the fans Up All Night (excuse the pun). With a release before their upcoming Australian tour and the school holidays, the timing is perfect and may even be enough to convert any remaining skeptics.