Film Review: One Direction: This Is Us 3D

Directed by Morgan Spurlock of Supersize Me fame, One Direction: This Is Us is the story of five lads – Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson – and their meteoric rise to fame.

Except, sadly, this is not their full story, warts and all.

L-r, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson in TriStar Pictures' One Direction: This Is Us.

L-r, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson in TriStar Pictures' One Direction: This Is Us.

There’s footage of the boys performing on stage including vaguely pointless graphics, mucking around backstage, winding down post-show on the tour bus and relaxing in their hotel rooms.

We also occasionally see them exploring the cities they fleetingly visit. When they’re able to, that is. During one trip, they are spotted by fans and the boys have to be locked in a shop, protected by the mass of hysterical girls.

Fans feature heavily in Spurlock’s film, as they have done in the boys’ careers.

One Direction fans can be obsessive, although they prefer the word ‘dedicated’ and statistics shows that four million people in the UK call themselves Directioners – the uber-fans, who endlessly tweet about the boys and spend their spare pennies following them around.

This is a hard film to rate. It’s 92 minutes of One Direction, so surely fans of the band will love it. But what about non-Directioners?

Spurlock has said that he challenges anyone to go to the film and not like the boys afterwards. It’s a fair point.