Plot: The film follows the journey of five ordinary lads who are thrusted into the showbiz spotlight after all separately auditioning for 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 Harry, Niall, Zayn, Liam and Louis. From seeing snaps of them as children to performing in front of thousands of fans on their recent Take Me Home world tour, Directioners are given an AAA pass to follow 1D on the road. Oh, and it features some impressive live concert footage all in 3D!
Best Scene: Aside from the many topless shots of the lads – which are bound to send fans dropping their popcorn in excitement – highlights include their biggest show in front of 65,000 screaming fans in Mexico City to encouraging their audience in Holland to wear orange, providing some impressive visuals as the lads themselves also don some rather fetching orange suits. However, it’s the continuous banter between the boys that provides the most entertainment – with Liam even pulling Harry’s trousers down on stage earning the biggest roar from the audience.
Best One Liner: After discussing his future with the boys around a camp fire, Harry states: “I want to do this forever, until I’m old and weathered… Like Keith Richards.”
Date Movie or Mate Movie: You’ll spend far too much time swooning over Harry, Niall, Liam, Zayn and Louis to go with a date. We recommend take a mate to give your favourite member of 1D all the attention they deserve!
Scene Stealer: The film may feature cameos from Simon Cowell, Martin Scorsese and Chris Rock but 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 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: