The Tragically Hip documentary Long Time Running has been a long time coming, but judging by the reviews that followed it’s premiere last night at the Toronto International Film Festival, it will be worth the wait when we finally get to see it ourselves.
The premiere was attended by – and this is worrisome given Gord Downie’s dire prognosis – all of the members of the Hip apart from Downie.
The documentary chronicles the band’s extraordinary final tour last summer following Downie’s brain cancer diagnosis, including that “I remember where I was when…”-final show in the band’s hometown of Kingston, ON.
A sampling of what reviewers had to say:
- “…deeply sad and positively triumphant. It’s everything we need it to be.” – Norman Wilner (NOW Magazine
- “…(finds) the right balance, celebrating a band’s place in the country’s cultural fabric. – Brad Wheeler (Globe & Mail)
- “…celebratory and poignant…” – Jane Stevenson (Toronto Sun)
- “I cried quietly through the entire…screening…and I was not alone, but the film is anything but maudlin. It is…often quite funny, with much of the humour supplied by Downie himself.” – Ben Rayner (Toronto Star)
- “Impeccably crafted…(it) has the feel of sitting around a campfire by the lake with Hip music playing softly.” – Chris Jancelewicz (Global)
Long Time Running will air on CTV on Nov. 12. It has also coming to Netflix.
Read the full Toronto Star review HERE.