Conclusion: In the One Direction Documentary This is Us , fans are briefly introduced to the band's backup singers and musicians, a nice touch and a nod towards their importance to the greater whole. Yet that's just a taste of the truth behind the spotlight.
Excerpt: Everyone focuses their attention on the lead singer when attending a concert. People pay to see superstars like Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, and Stevie Wonder in concert, rarely giving much thought to the critical role backing vocalists play on both records and live performances.
Conclusion: Twenty Feet from Stardom is an enjoyable feature-length celebration of backup singers and their calling. Its feel-good nature may hurt its Oscar chances, but makes it a more pleasant viewing than most of the more serious contenders.
Excerpt: In telling the stories of several prolific backup singers, Twenty Feet from Stardom not only shines a spotlight on the people, mostly women, responsible for some of the most memorable moments in 20th-century music, it also touches on the civil rights movement, the birth of rock n' roll, the place...
Conclusion: '20 Feet from Stardom' is an enjoyable and ultimately emotional documentary that shines a spotlight on the world of background singers. Through their dreams, successes, and failures, the director offers a fitting examination of showbiz passion and a crowd pleasing celebration of musical talent.
Conclusion: This documentary finds a wonderful niche within the world of doing documentaries on music genres and or a specific group. If anything its far more educational and entertaining than those as there’s not a whole lot of information readily available or that you’d think to research going in.
Excerpt: I've always found music to be sort of difficult to talk about. I have no skill for identifying particular instruments, no grasp of the language that creates such exquisite sounds. But I do get lost in the heady, melodic blend of instruments and voices, and am just happy to be enveloped in it.
Excerpt: The names of the subjects in Morgan Neville’s documentary, Twenty Feet From Stardom , may not be familiar, and their faces may not ring a bell, but when Darlene Love takes up “He’s A Rebel” or Merry Clayton re-creates the chilling wails of “Gimme Shelter,” they’re instantly familiar.
Summary: Pulling raw talent from the footnotes of rock 'n' roll history and splashing their names up on the marquee where they belong, "Twenty Feet From Stardom" wages a compelling crusade to get background singers some long-overdue recognition.