It’s become a pop music rite of passage for all the big acts to try to release a concert film at the height of their popularity. Or at least that’s the way it seems. I can’t help but cynically assume that once a pop star like Justin Bieber or Katy Perry or the Jonas Brothers come out with their concert movies, they’ve lost confidence in their future drawing ability. They figure this is the best chance they’re going to get to draw people out to a theater, perhaps even to shill out enough to cover a 3D ticket in the hopes of getting the True Concert Experience. It’s all downhill after the concert movie. And to be clear, I don’t know if this is an actual, measurable trend, or if it’s merely anecdotal. I also don’t know who “they” are in this scenario exactly, but I do know that at least one of “them” is Scooter Braun.
The latest group to try to buck this trend—which probably isn’t even a trend but instead just an opportunity to allow more people to get a taste of a musical performance at a drastically reduced concert price—is Britain’s pop music pride and joy, One Direction. The interesting thing about their movie, One Direction: This Is Us, is that it actually has a well-known and fairly well-respected director helming it in Morgan Spurlock, whose rebellious attitude has become notorious after works like Super Size Me and The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. I can’t be the only one wondering what Mr. Spurlock is playing at here. What I do know is that it sounds a least slightly more intriguing that that Beyoncé documentary that was directed by the visionary auteur known as Beyoncé.
Here are 10 of the very best concert movies that have left behind a legacy that One Direction: This Is Us will be trying to live up to.
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