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In the end - and this may well be the end - Long Time Running is about perseverance, both the band's and Downie's.
Hip fans will enjoy not only the behind-the-scenes footage of Downie getting ready for each night's show on the trek but the entire group's collective memory of their 30-year personal and professional journey.
Maybe a documentary about The Hip's fandom will come in the future, but right now the story that matters most is the band's tragic yet empowering dissolution.
But it's the unsteady, un-Hip-like lurching-from hallowed career-retrospective, to cross-country concert-doc, to one-last-success story, to farewell love-letter-that makes this no show-stopper.
And amid the mass adoration, they capture heart-breaking moments of intimacy-Downie sitting backstage in his underwear, polishing his black boots, a ritual inherited from his father, brushing them as if his life depended on it.
On every level, Long Time Running offers something new to the rock doc genre and to Tragically Hip enthusiasts.
Facing fear is what drives this event, and the movie, forward. And for viewers, this provides both inspiration and a certain predictability.
It is deeply sad and positively triumphant. It's everything we need it to be.
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