A Review of Louis Tomlinson’s New Documentary, “All of Those Voices”

“All of Those Voices” is a 1 hour, 48-minute film chronicling former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson’s journey as a solo artist after the band decided to go on an indefinite hiatus in 2016. It was released in limited theaters this March, and now the film has arrived on Paramount+ and is available to audiences in the United States, UK, Latin America, Canada, South Korea, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, and France. The film gives viewers a deeper look into the 31-year-old singer-songwriter’s life as a former member of the band, his challenges and triumphs as a solo artist, as well as the personal struggles he underwent in the last few years.

Produced by 78 Productions and Trafalgar Releasing and directed by Charlie Lightening (‘Liam Gallagher: As It Was’), “All of Those Voices” features never-before-seen footage, interviews, behind-the-scenes moments, and clips of performances to help us better understand the ‘Back To You’ singer. It takes us to the day when Louis Tomlinson performed with Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Niall Horan as One Direction for one last time before their hiatus at the X-Factor’s live finale in December 2015, the very British reality television competition where the five members (Zayn, Harry, Niall, Liam, and Louis) met and were put together in a group in 2010.

Five years later, Zayn makes an exit amidst the band’s On The Road Again Tour in support of their fourth studio album ‘Four,’ leaving the group with Louis, Liam, Harry, and Niall to resume the remaining dates as a quartet. After rolling out their fifth studio album ‘Made in the A.M.,’ the ‘Drag Me Down’ hitmakers decided to take a break.

Zayn leaving the band was like a “start of the end” to Louis, as he reflects on his feelings about One Direction’s decision to go on a hiatus in the film. “All of Those Voices” includes appearances from Louis’ grandparents and sister, who explain how broken the singer felt from within. The singer opens up about how he felt being a part of the biggest boyband on the planet at the time and reveals some of the challenges he faced or personal moments of pride as part of One Direction.

After feeling lost for a while, Louis decided to make solo music. He debuted with the collaborative single ‘Just Hold On’ with Steve Aoki in December 2016, which peaked at number 2 on the UK Singles chart. Unfortunately, Louis’ mother passed away a few days before the song was released, and he was booked to perform at the X-Factor alongside Aoki on the show. The performance was dedicated to Tomlinson’s late mother, Johanna. He shared a deep bond with her and had to soon take on the role of a parental figure along with his grandparents for his four siblings – Lottie, Félicité, Daisy, and Phoebe. It had been a difficult set of years for Louis and his family. In 2019, tragedy struck the family again when Louis’ younger sister, Félicité, passed away.

Louis is very close to his family and son, Freddie. He explains how much he enjoys being around him and being a father came so naturally to him, as he always looked after his sisters as though they were his kids. Through interviews and footage of Louis with his family, siblings, friends, crew, and the band, viewers get a chance to see a side of Louis they never had before, uncovering feelings and emotions not known to the masses. We also discover how the singer, who was born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, got into music.

In a heartwarming segment, we see Freddie watch his father perform before thousands of people. His former bandmates Liam Payne and Niall Horan also make an appearance. Liam met Louis at the CCME festival in 2019, where he was set to headline before Louis, while Niall played at the same festival as Tomlinson in Mexico.

“All of Those Voices” offers clips of Louis’ live performances and takes us behind the scenes into recording music. Viewers see him go from feeling lost to not only making music, releasing two studio albums – ‘Walls’ in 2020 and his latest record ‘Faith In The Future’ released in 2022 – but also playing sold-out shows and performing before an audience of 30,000+ fans at some of the most iconic venues in the world that he played at with his former One Direction members. He has had more than 80 gigs and is currently in the middle of his Faith in The Future World Tour 2023 in support of his sophomore album. The English singer also performed at and curated The Away From Home Festival in 2021, 2022, and 2023.

This tour commenced on August 29 in Hamburg and will conclude next month in Birmingham. The supporting acts for the Faith In The Future World Tour 2023 are indie rock band The Lathums, singer-songwriter Ava Lilly, Andrew Cushin, Rachel Chinouriri, Irish indie rock band The Academic, and English indie rock band Sea Girls. His latest musical offering is ‘Faith In The Future (Bonus Edition)’ featuring the tracks ‘Silver Tongues,’ ‘Written All Over Your Face,’ ‘Bigger Than Me,’ and ‘Out Of My System.’

The UK premiere of the film was held at Cineworld Leicester Square in London on March 16 before releasing in select theaters worldwide on March 22. Louis appeared on the red carpet in a black suit and posed for photos before the film’s poster.

From One Direction’s final performance as a quartet to Louis Tomlinson’s world tour, the singer’s solo career is neatly packed into a 108-minute film. It is a sincere look into the life of an artist struggling to see what’s ahead of them, tackling the uncertainty of the future, and transforming self-doubt into a state where you no longer wish to listen to the voices that push you down with much patience and hard work. ‘All of Those Voices’ is an inspiring film encouraging viewers to keep going despite the nervousness and anxiety of taking on a new job or a task you never saw yourself undertaking. With time and effort, your aims and goals will come to fruition, and you might just be satisfied with the outcome and your journey to make it.

‘All of Those Voices’ is now streaming on Paramount+

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