Saturday, 28 September 2013

Film Review - One Direction:This Is Us

For Teeny Boppers Only

Film: One Direction: This Is Us (documentary feature)
Cast: Niall Horan, Zayn Mallik, Liam Payne
Directed by: Morgon Spurlock
Duration:  1 hr 32 mins
Rating: * 1 / 2

I must confess that I had never heard any song by One Direction before watching this documentary. I also learnt that like most boy bands, their following is primarily among teenage girls and since I’m neither a teenager nor a girl, the fame of this British boy band had escaped me.
Directed by Morgan Spurlock (of Super Size Me fame), it traces the origins of the band (The X factor) and they were mentored by Simon Cowell, who is also a co-producer of the documentary.
For a band that doesn’t write or compose their own songs, you have to give it to them for being so popular. But then you wouldn’t expect teenage boys who don’t know how far Japan is from Australia to really write songs. As for their fame (they are also compared to the Beatles) as Cowell himself says “I don’t know why they are so popular!” Well, the Beatles become popular because they wrote and sang songs which are still going strong half a century later. One Direction recreates love songs that appeal only to certain sections. A doctor also explains why girls like boy bands, it all got to do with chemicals released by the brain.   
Sure, fans of the band (read adolescent girls) will enjoy seeing them on the big screen. Men will have to wait longer till Metallica’s Through The Never releases in India.  Meanwhile, thanks but no thank you for the music here.

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