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Published September 23rd 2013
More than good looks and catchy music
The 1D boys featured on GQ
One Direction - or 1D - is amongst the biggest name in Western Pop culture currently. With their catchy tunes, and boy band charms, it's no surprise that their fan base is amongst younger crowds, and generally female.
Going to the 1D media screening, I expected nothing short of swarms of young girls. I was right. However, even amidst the giggles, girly chit-chat mid film, and cheering from the crowd, 1D's latest movie about, well, themselves, titled "1D: This Is Us!" was really quite entertaining.
Although not a "fan-girl" myself, and more curious than excited when I entered the cinema, This Is Us presented a fine balance between comedy, seriousness, and upbeat music. Audiences were brought into the 1D world with interviews from the 1D boys about their experience during X-factor, and their lives now, as well as they boys' parents and families about having their sons travelling worldwide, and being away from home. It was a great insight into not only the bonuses of being rich and famous - but also the not-so-perfect aspects of that world.
That was the more serious part. Now here's the fun. Work need not be all serious - after all, " All work and no play made Jack a dull boy", right? Between the travels and the hard hours of rehearsals, This Is Us revealed that the 1D boys know how to have fun. By that I don't mean the party scene, but the pranks scene. Pranks, and being chased around moments before a show, and generally having fun with one another. This Is Us reminds us that outside 1D and outside being only one of the most famous bands at the moment, Harry, Zayn, Niall, Louis, and Liam are just that. Harry, Zayn, Niall, Louis, and Liam. They may not have "normal" jobs or "normal" lives for boys their age - but they can still have fun the "normal" way.
The best part - especially with the 3D glasses - were the scenes from the boys' shows. From awesome graphics, to (very) catchy songs, and great team performances in general, I was pleasantly surprised by how much - dare I say it - fun the concerts looked. Aside from the boys' impressive performances, girls in the audience were either crying, or dancing furiously, or both. I found it only added to the upbeat vibe the movie flaunted.
My final thoughts? A definite for any fan-girl, and a promising movie for the rest of the population who may be considering a movie night.