- My Generation
- Directed by David Batty
- Starring Michael Caine, Paul McCartney, Twiggy, Marianne Faithfull
- Classification: PG/ 85 minutes
Referring to the swinging young Londoners of the 1960s, the Who explained in a song that people tried to put them down, just because they “got around.”
That was no heavy sociocultural analysis then, and a new documentary by David Batty isn’t much deeper. Starring actor Michael Caine, the loose, entertaining My Generation covers the rise, fall and halcyon days of a blazing era when the British class system was briefly overthrown by musicians and miniskirts.
Cockney-talking Caine was there, part of a working-class pop-culture rebellion that saw youth setting the pace and making the tastes. Twiggy, Marianne Faithfull, Paul McCartney and others give commentary, but always off camera – wouldn’t want to see their wrinkles and grey, would we?
The soundtrack is killer, with plenty of Kinks, Animals and Strawberry Fields. The era was ephemeral, though, and so is this film. Caine distances himself from the drug scene, while closing things with a trite non sequitur: “Never look back in anger; always look forward in hope; and never, ever, ever dream small.” The octogenarian actor gets to drive an Aston Martin for old times' sake. We get his exhaust.