by BRIANNA SICILIANO Photo/Video Editor
“This Is Us,” directed by Morgan Spurlock, hit theaters on August 31, and gives the world new insight into what goes on in the successful boy-banders’ lives each day. The movie shows One Direction’s timeline, beginning in 2010 when the band was created.
Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik were just five regular guys from different parts of the United Kingdom and Ireland. In 2010, the five boys auditioned for “The X-Factor” individually, not knowing anyone else, just hoping that their dreams would come true.
Unfortunately, by the end of boot-camp, all five boys were cut and would not be moving on as individuals. Simon Cowell knew that the boys had talent and was not ready to let the singers go home just yet. Cowell formed the five boys into a group and the band finished the show in third place.
As revealed in the movie, One Direction, or 1D, won loyal fans who promoted the group through social media. Rather than losing momentum after “The X-Factor,” the band gained it.
“One Direction fans are insane. They are extremely dedicated to their idols, and I can see why,” says junior Giulietta Flaherty.
“This Is Us” tracks One Direction’s path to success through archival footage before heading out with 1D on their 2013 tour, titled “Take Me Home.”
The band members come from caring families. Their parents sent their sons off to pursue their dreams three years ago and have not seen them much since. Payne’s mom even keeps a cardboard cutout of her son in his childhood room to keep herself from missing him too much.
Within a year, the five band members went from living at home with their families to traveling the world with four of their best friends.
“I don’t know if you could have more of a dramatic life change,” says Tomlinson.
The boy-band takes pride in not dancing in unison or wearing matching outfits. When performing, the five members can be found goofing off at different areas of the stage, giving their fans memories of a lifetime.
It gets boring performing the same show night after night, and, as Payne says, it is good to mix things up from time to time.
“We try to stay away from the typical boy-band thing,” says Malik.
The movie even contains an interview with a neurologist who explains why young female fans get so obsessed with 1D: “They’re not crazy, just excited.”
When 1D is not playing around at sound check, on their tour bus or backstage, they are usually pranking their security.
“The only issue I have is they are all pains in the asses,” says their long-time tour manager Paul Higgins.
Along with backstage insight, “This Is Us” gives fans an opportunity to watch the band sing some of their latest hits in concert. On September 13, an extended fan-cut was released to theaters all over America, adding on 20 minutes to the movie.
“I’ve already seen ‘This Is Us’ and I’m going to see it again soon, this time, with more songs. I’m excited,” says junior Richa Patel.
“This Is Us” brought in a whopping $15,815,497 to the box office during opening weekend.
“This Is Us” is the perfect movie for 1D fans to come together and watch Styles, Tomlinson, Payne, Horan and Malik grow up into stardom. Have you bought your ticket to see “This Is Us” yet?