MTV Review: One Direction - This Is Us
Best Movie Ever? Get the low down on 1D's big screen debut here...
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 22:26
X Factor in 2010. They were then thrown together at Boot Camp before going on to become THE biggest boyband in the world... One Direction! This Is Us gives an insight into what life is really like for Chris Rockbut it's Niall who steals the show, disguised as a Scottish steward at London's O2 Arena to prank fans ahead of the gig. Also, keep an eye out for Louis' nan, who gives this movie the 'ahhh factor.'
Best WTF Moment: While the lads getting trapped by fans in a Nike shop in Holland and the sing-song with five random Japanese girls in coloured wigs are all close contenders for this title, our jaws were on the floor after the revelation that Zayn was almost axed from 1D! It's Harry and Liam that deliver this blow during a fishing trip, where they explain that during the early days of the band, Malik almost lost his place after missing a meeting. There's also some pretty hilarious outakes during the credits, which are worth sticking around for.
Summary: This Is Us is a must see for any Directioner, giving them a once in a lifetime look at what it's really like to hangout with their idols. The 3D element also gives it that up-close-and-personal feel, with diehard fans almost able to touch their fave member. While it is jam packed with concert footage, we would have liked to have seen even more clips of the lads' backstage antics, as well as wanting to get to know them better. Their personal lives seemed to have been edited out of the movie, with no mention of Hazza's romance with Taylor Swift or Zayn's relationship with Little Mix's Perrie - with Louis, Niall and Liam's love-lives also absent from the final cut.
However, it's the tender moments between the boys and their families and the strong brotherly bond each member has with one another that gives This Is Us the edge over other films of it's kind. The key message in the movie is clear... while they may be plastered on the walls of girls across the world, selling out arenas and stadiums and breaking every record possible, they are just five normal lads living their dream, which was endearing and heart-warming to watch.
MTV Rating: The only direction this film is going is straight to the top of the box office, especially if their fans have anything to do with it:
By Joanne Dorken @mtvuknews
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