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Review: One Direction makes fans happy, feel special in film ‘One Direction: This Is Us’

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One Direction performs a sold-out show in Columbus June 18. Credit: Kayla Byler / Managing editor for design

One Direction performs a sold-out show in Columbus June 18. “One Direction: This is us” hits theaters Aug. 30. Credit: Kayla Byler / Managing editor for design

One Direction performs a sold-out show in Columbus June 18. “One Direction: This is us” hits theaters Aug. 30.

For fans of the London, England-based boy band One Direction, there may be no better way to see the boy band than on the big screen in 3D.

Troves of girls flocked to theaters for the special event premier of “One Direction: This Is Us,” a documentary following the five boys’ lives on the road of their most recent sold-out stadium tour.

The girls were screaming before the movie even started. Giggles and shrieks filled the theater of teens and tweens, dispersed with the occasional parent and legal aged driver.

“One Direction: This Is Us” began with a montage of childhood photos of each band member accompanied by a voice over of NiallHoran, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson each describing their love of music from the time they were children.

You get exactly what you would expect from a documentary about a British boy band – screaming girls, glimpses into their lives at home, scenes of the guys goofing off backstage on their tour and an abundance of shots of five smiling, perfectly sculpted, not-quite-men faces.

Beginning with their auditions on “The X Factor” in 2010, the movie quickly chronicled the band’s rise to fame, and from the beginning, it was apparent that this was a story as much about One Direction fans as it was about the band. Countless times the band members said and said again how they wouldn’t be where they were today without their fans and expressed their gratitude. Each time, girls in the theater awed and smiled as if One Direction was speaking to them specifically.

That is what makes One Direction so successful and will be what makes this movie so successful. The band possesses an unprecedented ability to make millions of girls feel special.

One fan said in the film, “They don’t know me, but I know they love me,” and that’s really how all of these girls feel. Which is both an amazing marketing ploy and an awesome thing, because who doesn’t want to feel special?

The movie continued to show the supposed downsides to being famous – being away from home, always traveling, crazy amounts of work and little sleep. It also showed how close the five band members are.

Fans love these candid looks into the band’s lives, watching them joke around before shows, hug each other and goof off in the studio. Whether these moments were truly captured or staged is up for debate, but they definitely serve their purpose well, making fans feel they really know these guys, only increasing their love for them.

In the end, it’s all about one thing: the music, the guys, their antics, they make their fans happy. For 92 minutes in three dimensions, One Direction made me happy.

“One Direction: This Is Us” hits theaters Aug. 30.

Grade: B+

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