This is such a profound production and they managed to show something that no other film or film maker has been able to achieve in the over 50 years since this all began.
They were able to chronicle the lives of 14 kids from age 7 until age 56 and keep things interesting the entire time.
The fact that only 3 of the 14 participants chose to not be a part of a few of films says so much for this social experiment.
Some of them have vowed to stop participating, but ever since the age of Reality TV started about 20 years ago, it makes it so much harder for any of them to disengage because it is both a look at their lives and also a form of celebrity for them to be in this series despite none of them really getting famous from it.
One of them actually tells a story that he drove Buzz Aldrin in his cab once and a passerby wanted HIS autograph and not Buzz’s.
This says so much about the impact of Reality TV on society and it is also why this show has become so popular over the years because people WANT to see what other people’s lives are like even if nothing extraordinary happens.
Having binge watched these 8 films over two days, I got to intimately know each of the participants and was always more excited to see the next installment just to see how they have aged and what has transpired in their lives over the past 7 years.
I can only imagine how people who have been following this series for years must feel when they need to wait 7 years to find out what I saw almost immediately.
What’s really strange to me is that as much as I enjoyed each part of this series on their own, when looking at the series as a whole it is truly a wondrous accomplishment and is one of the best film series ever made because of it’s overall impact and the fact that it manages to show the progress and movement in life of real people without any manipulation or script over a period of over 50 years.
The attempt by the film Boyhood (2014) to do something similar with a script just doesn’t work as well as the real thing does.
What will make this film even more interesting over the next few installments is how they deal with things as the people begin to reach the twilight years.
One of them has already passed away (which will be dealt with in the next installment) and I am quite curious to see how they deal with this situation even if it is something that will inevitably happen to them all (and all of us for that matter) as time goes by.
It’s actually quite amazing that up until now, they never had to deal with the issue of death even though there were a few instances where the people seemed to be going on a path that might lead them there over the course of the next 7 years, but eventually made it out of those predicaments.
Love the diversity of the characters and the social classes that they belong to.
Despite the fact that I’m not that attuned to the class system in England, I still could see that most of these people ended up staying in the same class they were born into and are mostly content with that which is quite interesting to see.
I’m so glad that I finally got to see this series and I’m really looking forward to seeing what the next installment has for us all when it comes out on 2019.
If you missed any of the reviews of this series, check them out below:
Seven Up! (1964)
7 Plus Seven (1970)
21 Up (1977)
28 Up (1984)
35 Up (1991)
42 Up (1998)
49 Up (2005)
56 Up (2012)