The hugely popular boy band, One Direction, is poised to get the big-screen treatment later this summer, a prospect that has to appeal to the millions who grew up without discmans.
For me, and others in the pleated slacks crowd, “One Direction: This is Us” is a puzzler. I’m not really keen on documentaries about musicians with spotty cultural impact. It’s one thing to cover Bob Dylan on the road; quite another to chronicle whatever Katy Perry is up to. But, judging from the trailers released yesterday, director Morgan Spurlock (yes, that’s right) appears eager to capture the human side behind the manufactured, poppy gloss. For those, who prefer a more bite-sized preview, you can find that here.
At least “This is Us” is not a feature film where the lads in the group have to act. I still want to punch Joey Fatone in the face for his irritating work in “On the Line.” And, guys, you have not seen a lack of chemistry between two romantic leads until you watch the soulless cash grab that is “From Justin to Kelly.” “A Hard’s Day Night” was the exception, not the rule, I’m afraid.
“One Direction: This is Us” hits theaters August 30th.