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Pseudo-doc is for fans only

Published on -9/3/2013, 9:34 AM

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The pseudo-documentary/concert film "One Direction: This Is Us" will be the 90th film I have reviewed for The Hays Daily News. I can say with complete confidence that of all 90 films I've watched in my year and a half as a movie reviewer, I wanted to go see "One Direction: This Is Us" the absolute least.

I dearly love music in cinema. There are songs from my favorite film scores that can nearly bring to me tears.

I dare anyone to listen to "Forbidden Friendship" from the "How to Train Your Dragon" score and not be moved. However, if it's possible, I care for the music documentary/concert film genre even less than I care for the horror genre.

I really don't believe these type of films should be considered movies. These "movies" are essentially targeted as "get more of this demographic's money" pieces. The only people I can imagine having any interest in "One Direction: This Is Us" are the fans of the band One Direction.

For the casual viewer, this experience has little to no merit.

In fact, if I took my 3-D glasses off during the film, I could almost make myself believe it was 3 a.m., and I had fallen asleep on my couch without my contacts and the TV was playing a VH1 documentary.

It's so hard to grade a film like this because it has no narrative, nor was it trying to educate me about a specific topic.

As far as I could tell, this film's primary objective was to have the members of One Direction on screen doing whatever they happened to be doing. In that respect, the film passes with flying colors.

My own rule of always seeing a new release film obligated me to see "One Direction: This Is Us." I was bored out of my mind, but this film was obviously not made for me. Nevertheless, it feels like I took one for the team.

2 of 6 stars

James Gerstner works at Fort Hays State University Foundation. james.gerstner@gmail.com

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