Film Review: ‘One Direction: This Is Us’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 27th, 2013

Hi, Bryan Here….


It never fails that decade after decade, we seem to have another generation of boy bands that rise to super stardom and the top of the music charts for a few years, then literally fall off the face of the Earth. We’ve had New Kids on the Block, N’sync, 98 Degrees, and Backstreet Boys to name a few over the years. These bands seem to mostly attract 11 year old girls and emotionally stunted older women. The same can be said with the newest fad in boy bands, One Direction. It was only a matter of time before someone made a concert film about them, but I never would have guessed that filmmaker would be Morgan Spurlock, the guy who gave us ‘Supersize Me‘, ‘Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden‘, and the hit series ‘30 Days‘. When I asked Spurlock about his career and why out of all the musicians and performers in the world, he chose to film ‘One Direction‘, he simply said, “I wanted to tell a story on a band who was nothing a year or two ago, but is now at the top of the charts.” I get where Spurlock is coming from, but it seems that he had studio execs hovering over him at all times, because this feels more like promo spot for the band, rather than a documentary.







At least One Direction knew the Monorail song from ‘The Simpsons‘, but if you dare venture into theater for this weak concert film, bring ear plugs, for I imagine girls will be screaming for their heart throbs on-screen.


-Bryan Kluger


I had the amazing opportunity and pleasure to sit down and talk with director Morgan Spurlock. Turns out, we had a lot in common. After we discussed why he chose One Direction to document, we geeked out on ‘The Simpsons’, Steve Martin, horror movies, Fangoria Magazine, and much more. Spurlock is a great filmmaker and I cant wait to see his next project.




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