It wouldn’t be fair or really make sense to point at Michael Apted’s Up series and say “That’s my favorite movie” since it’s, you know, a series. But it would also be hard for another cinematic project to match the magnitude of what it offers.
For those who don’t know, the Up series picked a group of seven year olds way back in 1964 and makes a documentary about them every seven years. The time has come for 63 Up, the ninth entry. The trailer is below. I wouldn’t watch it without tissues handy, though:
The overall arc illustrates that while we never know where life will take us, the seeds of who we are never quite leave us either. The gang is about at retirement age right now, and I imagine that will be a major subject of this new entry. Truth be told, the last one bordered on boring simply because everyone had kind of slowed down and settled into themselves at that point (from what I remember; it has been seven years, after all). Hey, that’s life!
But a curious side effect of the films is how they end up marking your own time. I think back at who I was and what I was doing with my life when 56 Up came out, and it’s hard not to add that to my personal feelings about the series.
In any case, the series has returned from its seven-year slumber. Without getting too morbid, it’s hard to say how many of these we have left. Or if the world itself will even make it to 70 Up. Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em!
63 Up comes out November 27.