One Direction: This Is Us (PG)

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One Direction: This Is Us

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Time Out says

Tue Aug 20 2013

What’s the opposite of warts-n-all? ‘No warts’ doesn’t even begin to describe Morgan Spurlock’s fly-on-the-wall film about One Direction. No warts, no acne – there’s not even a pimple on the butt of this on-tour portrait of the reality-bred boy popsters (girlfriends or boyfriends or whatever, have been airbrushed out entirely). The director is Morgan Spurlock – the man who took on McDonald’s in ‘Super Size Me’. But you won’t find an anti-corporate message here. This is relentlessly on-message, crammed full of cheeky shirtless moments for fans of Harry Styles, Zayn and the three fillers.

Does it dispel the rumour that 1D are a bunch of charisma-free, talentless pop puppets? Yes and no. Give Simon Cowell an Oscar for his botox-assisted surprise-face talking about the 1D ‘phenomenon’. The boys come across surprisingly well – un-brattish, hard working, puppy-dog sweet, bit self-obsessed. They’re well-trained. ‘We try to stay away from the typical boy band thing,’ says Zayn, insisting they’re not packaged up like iced-buns for 12-year-old girls. Next door Harry is having a row with a stylist. ‘I don’t like the trench.’ Stylist: ‘That’s the Harry look.’

Spurlock ruthlessly goes for the heart-strings by taking the boys back to their home towns. Harry gets his bum pinched by a granny in the bakery where he worked on Saturdays. Zayn’s mum is in tears walking into the house he bought her. There are a couple of Spurlock moments. The band look blank when Martin Scorsese pops his head backstage in New York (tween-age daughter in tow). There’s a priceless ‘Zoolander’ scene, where Zayn shows off the graffiti room in his new house.

The film is as harmless as the band. Until you reach the music. One Direction are bearable with a cover song – Wheatus’s ‘Teenage Dirtbag'. But the sugary-sweet, she-doesn’t-love-me-back tracks really hurt. In ‘Super Size Me’, Spurlock’s McDonald’s-only diet had him vomming on screen. These songs test your gag reflexes in other ways.

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PG

UK release:

Thu Aug 29, 2013

Duration:

92 mins

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Kasia Macholla

While this movie may not cut as deep as the Time Out reviewers scathing comments it does offer a brief glimpse into the hard work that goes into being in the biggest manufactured boy band in the world. If you are expecting a Tell All then you're being naive. This is for the fans and has all they'll ever need. Smiling idols, a few heart felt, albeit well thought out moments, lots of their favourite songs and even more cute smiling from the boys. Teenage girls will love it, parents less so, but if it makes their little cherubs scream with delight is it all that bad? Personally I look forward to the 7UP style documentary in the future when the crest of the wave has finally broken and the boys are left to pick up the pieces.

Cody

This will be my review of the review. The writer is so biased it makes my skin crawl. The "three fillers" is an unfair jab at the three unnamed members of One Direction. This writer came into the film with a negative mindset and this directly correlates to the review. I cam here for an unbiased review and am shocked to have read this rubbish.

Cody

This will be my review of the review. The writer is so biased it makes my skin crawl. The "three fillers" is an unfair jab at the three unnamed members of One Direction. This writer came into the film with a negative mindset and this directly correlates to the review. I cam here for an unbiased review and am shocked to have read this rubbish.

noora

the movie its gonna be a big hiiiiiiiit insha allah im dying to see this movie

noora

the movie its gonna be a big hiiiiiiiit insha allah im dying to see this movie