This Rotten Week: Predicting Getaway, Closed Circuit And One Direction Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2013-08-25 04:55:00discussion comments
One Direction: This is Us
With a gun to my head, I couldn’t name a single One Direction song. Though honestly I can’t imagine a scenario in which someone will hold a loaded firearm to my dome and demand I name a song from a teeny-bop, boy band. If that’s happening I probably have bigger problems than being less than well versed on the current state of pop culture.

So I went into this trailer with a plethora of doubts about the state of the world as it relates to large scale obsession with groups of boys singing corny songs (I’m assuming) and looking cuter than buttons. And though I still can’t name any of their songs, my little black coal lump of a heart stirred just a bit watching the trailer. I actually couldn’t help being slightly endeared to this group of guys singing their little hearts out to about a billion teenaged girls. What’s happening to me?

In the last few years there have been some successful concert/ documentary-style films about performers. Flicks like Katy Perry: Part of Me (77%), Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (64%) and Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (60%) have proven winners in both the box office and among critics. With the Bieber and Perry films, I was wildly off in my guesses, allowing my own cynicism towards their “brand” and “relevance” to cloud my judgment about the merits of the film. I’m not doing it again. I don’t know anything about One Direction (other than what I just saw in the trailer) but I like the chances of this movie. The Rotten Watch for One Direction: This is Us is 62%


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