Artists are treading in dangerous waters when they make the decision to have a documentary made about them. It’s especially dangerous to work with the man who made the infamous “Super-Size Me” documentary, Morgan Spurlock.
However, “This Is Us” will hardly make or break One Direction’s career. The documentary follows the five-piece boy band on their world tour in 2012.
We get to see them on stage, off stage in the wardrobe, and out and about in the cities they tour. Viewers even get a glimpse of what their families are like and what their life before fame was like. The boys are charming and their friendship can be fun to watch, but it really almost seems like a scripted movie. They each spit out clichéd lines throughout about brotherhood and being remembered, and there is even a scene where the boys go camping and talk around a fire about how people will think of them years hence.
The most memorable and absolutely astounding part of the entire documentary is the millions of mostly teenage girls throughout the entire world who practically worship One Direction. Tears and vocal chords alike are shed when they even get a glance of one of the five, and each fan girl has her favorite.
The members of One Direction can even control the screams like a conductor with a simple wave of their hands. "One Direction: This Is Us” can be attention-grabbing at points and is definitely very pleasing to the eye in 3-D. But overall, if you’re not already baptized in the church of One Direction, you probably won’t find this movie very stimulating. And that kind of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?