Seven Again
56 Up
Review by Ross Anthony

In the past, I'd found this series fascinating. Indeed, this installment remains fascinating. The only problem is its duration. A nice length would have been 100 minutes, but 56 UP runs 138. Of course, after nearly half a century of filming, I'm sure the filmmakers found themselves with a plethora of footage. I absolutely appreciate that dedication and the gems of insight they've made available. But at the end of the day, they are packaging it into a product for the entertainment world. So, my suggestion would be to go 180 minutes, but split the final product into two volumes of 90 each.

As for the content … simply fascinating. From a sociological perspective, where else can you find such an interesting documentary on the average Westerner's human perspective stretched out over time? As one the participants puts it so succinctly, "It's not so much about me personally, as it is about some guy. It's about people, how we grow and change and experience a lifetime." (I paraphrase.)

It's really A work, but the unpleasant duration this time round will bring the presentation to a strong B+. And, again, I'm looking forward to the next "UP" installment. (See also 49 Up)

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  • 56 UP. Copyright © 2012.
  • Directed by Michael Apted. First Run Features.

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)


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