The members of One Direction auditioned for the British talent contest “The X Factor” individually and were cut individually. But at the last minute, show creator Simon Cowell decided to have them compete as a group, launching them to global stardom.
These are the facts that many people, if they know anything about One Direction, already know. They’re also more or less the only facts that the concert documentary “One Direction: This Is Us” bothers to share. It’s unlikely that anyone will leave with more information than they had going in.
It’s not that Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson aren’t charming and likable. The problem is that the movie offers no way of differentiating them beyond their hairstyles. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.