A new review from The Movie Snob.
56 Up (A-). I’ve already written about this series of British documentaries on this blog several times. Basically, in 1963 or 1964, somebody gathered up a bunch of seven-year-olds from different social strata and interviewed them singly or in small groups. Every seven years since then, director Michael Apted (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) has gone back and interviewed them again to see what has happened to them in life. Some stopped participating along the way, but many have continued to participate. Now they are 56 years old, and they seem more philosophical than ever as they deal with illnesses and deaths of loved ones, the growing-up of their own children, and the arrival, in many cases, of grandchildren. The fellow who has struggled with mental illness still has his struggles, but he seems to be doing reasonably well living in a small village where he is active both in politics and in the church. The kids from privileged backgrounds all seem to be doing quite well, but happily even the ones from the lower rungs of the social ladder (including the two boys who lived in a state-run home for a while) generally seem to be doing okay. I think I was getting a little bored with the series, but I really enjoyed this entry. See if you can find it on Netflix or something, and check it out. (You can see my previous reviews in the series here: 49 Up, 42 Up, 35 Up, 28 Up, 21 Up, 7+Seven, and 7 Up.)