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By Kiley Roache
Nazareth Academy

The 3D documentary “One Direction: This Is Us” tells the story of five boys rising to record-breaking fame. It’s a story that 1D fans, aka Directioners, will be familiar with. But new interview footage and behind-the-scenes stories guarantee something new for even die-hard fans.

For those of you who still can’t tell the difference between Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, this movie has something for you too.

Concert footage is tied together with candid scenes of the boys and their adventures on the road. And yes, there are a few shirtless moments that are sure to seal the deal for most Directioners. Nonbelievers—likely parents and boyfriends—who were dragged along to the theater will still find moments of humor.

Case and point: I was sitting next to an adult male critic who didn’t know what a “Directioner” was before the movie started. I caught him laughing out loud a few times throughout the film.

To be honest, there will probably be a lot of negative reviews for this movie because of the extremely positive slant the director gives the members of One Direction. For example, there’s no mention of girlfriends or groupies throughout the film, but Zayn Malik has a serious girlfriend and Harry Styles was rumored to be dating Taylor Swift while filming the documentary.

In fact, there didn’t seem to be any moments that cast a negative light on the five guys. While one could argue that this bias doesn’t make for a good movie, I would disagree.

This movie is meant to entertain. The target audience—teen girls—love the idea of One Direction. These fans are going through the challenges of adolescence and learning that things don’t always work out the way they should. High school isn’t a musical, not all relationships are set to Disney songs and we don’t all grow up to be Taylor Swift.

And during those tough times, boy bands offer an escape … even if it’s only for an hour and a half. For Directioners, it’s all about seeing their boys on the silver screen—just as perfect and dreamlike as they imagined—singing the lyrics they know by heart.

Maybe these five boys really are just as flawless and perfect as their hair. Either way “This Is Us” is exactly what it needs to be.

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