My daughter’s life is semi complete!
Not exactly, but the euphoric feeling has not gone away since last week’s advance screening of One Direction: This Is Us 3D movie. My daughter is a 13 & a huge Directioner. She, along with a group of friends adore the band One Direction. As a mother, I sometimes worry about any strong adoration with someone in the entertainment industry. Honestly, you never know what direction a teen/young adult may head towards. I’m not even going to mention previous singers/actresses that have entered the limelight that ended up on the wrong side of the bars. So taking my daughter to this movie was a huge stepping stone for me.
I have to say, I was impressed by the One Direction: This Is Us 3D Movie. The advance screening was an experience to begin with. Although I have been to several advance screenings, being in a movie theater with 200+ tweens/teens and a handful of mothers was very interesting. For 25 minutes prior to the movie starting, teens started singing One Direction hits, one song at a time. Then, the lights when down and tweens/teen girls began to scream in jubilation. I’m serious, they screamed….loudly! I could barely hear the first few minutes of the movie due to the girl’s excitement.
The message of the movie was simple: an up close and personal look into the lives before & after the success of One Direction. Live concert footage plus fun behind the scenes & funny antics of Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis kept viewers engaged & entertained. Their journey on their 1st world tour that included London’s legendary O2 Arena showcased the excitement of not only fans but the group as well. As a mother, there were several moments in the movie that stick out. One interesting aspect is the bond that is so prevalent in the movie. One reoccurring message what the friendship that they valued. Brothers & “mates” is what they considered themselves first & foremost. The story of One Direction is the coming of age of 5 very normal young men. Boys essentially that goof off, live life vicariously and have strong tie to their families. The moment in the movie where producers introduced the parents of the boys was very emotional. The proud parents revealed they had “lost” their sons rather quickly. One mother mentioned that her son has been home only a few weeks since they first appeared on The X Factor in 2010. I felt sadness for the parents yet could see the pride they had in their son’s success.
I asked my daughter what her favorite moments were in the movie. She mentioned the unity & friendship the boys felt for each other. One direction mentioned that they were glad they “did it their way from the beginning”. Essentially not letting producers, record labels or the success come between their friendship that mattered so much to them. Her second favorite moment was when Simon Cowell, mentioned “superfans” that helped bring local U.K fans to spread the love throughout the U.K, into Europe and make it’s transatlantic success to the U.S.
What the young band will succeed next is limitless. But the making of this 3D movie which was dedicated for the fans is the perfect way to keep their success going.
The One Direction: This Is Us 3D movie hits U.S theaters August 30th, 2013 nationwide.