28 Up (1985)
Critic Reviews for 28 Up
The effect of 28 Up is to bring a dimension of wisdom and insight to the earlier footage, and in doing this Mr. Apted has been subtle and selective.
It is almost scary to realize that this film has given me a fair chance of predicting what lies ahead for these strangers. I almost understand the motives of those who chose to drop out of the experiment.
No matter how it's interpreted, the film remains a deft and compelling piece.
A real mind-bender. Apted invented a new documentary form with this series.
This is, after all, an ongoing project, and one which is certain to grow more mesmerizing with each new installment.
Audience Reviews for 28 Up
28 up is the year most of the subjects suddenly have kids.
With this installment in the series we lose two of the "kids". They decide not to participate anymore. It's unfortunate but ultimately their choice,
Huge changes come this time around as we see our folks with families and adult lives and thoughts. Gone are a lot of the cockiness of youth. A lot... not all. Some folks seem to know who they are and what they want while others seem lost in life still.
It was nice to see a couple of the "kids" grow up and stop being the brats they were in the last couple installments.
didn't see 21 up regrettably because my hold didn't come in yet, but these heartbreakingly beautiful stories hit a chord with me. a tad too long and out of the kids some of them have undeniably more interesting stories than others. like who could forget neil? my gosh that man/boy makes me sad just to look at him. or symon, or bruce, or snobby john with a hint of truth behind his pontifications? it's amazing watching these kids growing up, making surprising changes. yet you can still see the initial kid in them, which is something i find both wonderful and eerie.
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