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ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US 3D
DIRECTOR: Morgan Spurlock
CAST: Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson
CLASSIFICATION: PG L
RUNNING TIME: 83 minutes
RATING: 3 stars (out of 5)
BRIGHT, clean-cut fun from five lads on tour, who in just more than three years have proved the power of super fans and Tweets… in 3D.
English/Irish boy band One Direction can literally pinpoint their genesis on camera as they have been under digital scrutiny since the day each of them auditioned for X Factor.
The documentary takes us back to 2010 when they first met and Simon Cowell tries to explain what he saw in the then-third placed boy band.
It follows the guys on the road as they embark on the Take Me Home Tour and goes right up to them recording Best Song Ever.
The guys self-deprecatingly make fun of their lack of dance skills, pull pranks on each other while running away from security guards and good-naturedly stare wide-eyed at over-excited fans who dog their every step.
Each of them has a chance to try to explain why he thinks the band is so popular and they all come up with the same reason – the fans.
At one point one simply walks over to a hotel window, gesturing to the camera to follow him. He opens the window and the crowd outside goes wild, he leans back and it goes quiet.
All of them, together and singly, do a variation on this crowd control trick at some point and love it. They make the fans feel happy, sing what kids want to hear and seem to have a genuine rapport with their fans via social media networks, or at least as genuine as that can be via a computer screen.
Still, they are totally plugged in to what teenagers want to hear because they are still pretty much in that mode of thinking and the overriding message you get from the documentary is that they are determined to have as much fun as possible as long as this thing called “fame” lasts.
Slickly edited, the documentary combines concert footage with interviews of the lads and, rather poignantly, their parents who still see them as the teenagers who left home five years ago.
For the parents who have to take the tweens to this film the interviews are informative, but this is very much for the fans.
The 3d is toned down when compared to the U2 3d documentary of 2007, with less headache inducing effect – it is more about providing crisp images and depth of scale at the huge concerts.
Director Morgan Spurlock keeps the cute little gimmicks to a minimum and no one ever has a bad word to say, concentrating on fun, fun, fun.
The behind-the-scenes nasty and back-biting and business end?
That’ll come in 40 years with the retrospective tour. This right now is wholesome and sweet and designed to make you feel all happy about pop music.
If you liked Justin Bieber: The 3D Concert Experience you will like this.