Looking into those voices

Louis Tomlinson documentary hits home


Bernell Bello, Feature Editor

   Going from the biggest boyband in the world to being on your own seems like something only a select few can relate to. Louis Tomlinson’s new documentary “All Of These Voices” follows his life starting from One Direction to his latest world tour. 

   The beginning deals with his journey when One Direction was a new band and he would not get a solo in a song. He changed his focus to songwriting, having the most songs under his name in One Direction. He felt that was the only way to contribute to the band. 

   The documentary then shifts to when the band went on hiatus and he had to deal with being alone, not only with his solo career but in his day-to-day life. The entire documentary feels very vulnerable with him showing how he dealt with the uncertainty of his future. 

   Tomlinson was the last member of his former band to start a solo career. Dealing with the loss of his band, then the loss of his mother, and finally the loss of his sister, it felt like life kept kicking him down. Three days after his mother passed, he performed what he said was by far the hardest performance he has had to do. 

   While building up his solo career, he performed his singles and struggled to tackle the new lack of confidence while up there. Seeing his former bandmates perform One Direction songs alone felt like a weird experience for Tomlinson. 

   After years of building up his confidence and working hard on his first solo album, he released “Walls” which then had him on tour. His first show reinstated the feeling he experienced when touring with One Direction.

   Now with his second album, “Faith in the Future” he proved that he doesn’t need his bandmates to be the singer he is. His fans played a big part in the documentary, a lot of his motivation being for them.

   His best friends spoke about how sensitive he really is which was special to hear. With celebrities, it’s easy for one to assume how they present themselves to the public eye is how they really are–and I’m sure to some degree he is, but there are other parts to people we don’t see. 

   The documentary felt sufficient in making me feel closer to him as a person than just an artist. Now when I listen to his albums, I feel connected to him. I wished the feel of the movie was slower and focused a little more on his family and personal life. Of course, he was very vulnerable and showed enough, but I wanted to see how his relationships either struggled with the hiatus or grew closer. Were there any bonds that were reconciled?  

   After watching, I feel more connected to Louis because of this documentary and saw a side of him I thought did not exist. His struggles of wanting to be good enough but not knowing if he was, felt very close to home, and I think that’s what made the documentary so enticing.