“One Direction” movie appeals to fans, if not general population
Published: Monday, September 2, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 2, 2013 23:09
Morgan Spurlock’s new documentary “One Direction: This Is Us” is a fun yet honest film which aptly captures both the personalities and life stories of the British boy band, as well as enough shots of a shirtless Harry Styles to keep the fangirls coming back for more.
Having amassed over $17 million at the box office since the movie’s release last Thursday according to Box Office Mojo, the pop concert film is beating out highly anticipated releases such as “The Butler” ($14 million) and “We Are the Millers” ($12 million). The movie’s success is no surprise given the amount of ear-piercing screams coming from every other girl in the theater both during and prior to the actual film.
A large part of the movie highlights the fact that the boys have only been home a handful of times in the past three years since their initial success in 2010, after having lost the popular TV talent-seeking program “The X Factor.” As to be expected, such sudden success and distance from home having been essentially thrown into the spotlight after having each lived in very small towns comes with certain strains and stresses. Throughout the film, Spurlock goes back and forth between documenting the boys’ lives while on tour and their visits back home spending time with family. Such success has also been fairly stressful on the parents who simply miss their sons and wish they could see them more often. Caitee Winkler, an art history major in her junior year, was pleasantly surprised with the down-to-earth nautre of the movie, as the viewers are taken behind the scenes of the boy’s lives while off-stage.
“I liked how it (the film) didn’t just focus on the fame aspect,” Winkler said. “They’re literally just these five guys who were thrown into the spotlight. They still like to have fun, goof around and act like kids but are also mature enough to recognize and be extremely grateful for the opportunities they’ve been given. I also really enjoyed how we (the audience) got some sort of perspective on their families and family life.”
She went on to describe a scene in which Zayn Malik buys his mom and sisters a brand new house to live in, which you later discover had been a goal of his from the very beginning.
Many in the world are completely and totally baffled by the band’s sudden rise to fame over the past three years particularly since (as mentioned before) the boys did not even win the talent show they would been featured on. When the boys did lose the show, the One Direction fan base made it their lives’ mission to introduce the five to the world, taking to Twitter and other social media sites to spread their love for One Direction. The boy band’s thankfulness toward their strong and ever-growing fan base is highlighted throughout the entirety of the film, stating that “If it weren’t for what they do, we wouldn’t be here doing what we do.”
Having not been an avid fan of the group prior to seeing the quirky and heartwarming film, I daresay I left the theater with a newfound sense of the group itself.
Overall, the movie will be everything the die-hard fangirls are expecting it to be. For the non-One Direction-crazed viewers out there, though the film does retain a quirky quaintness with a heartwarming tale of how five normal teenage boys from small towns are thrust into a world of fame, the overabundance of live concert numbers and cute little “Larry” (Liam & Harry) moments might be a bit too mushy for one to handle.