The tale of how six 14 year-old working class lads from diverse backgrounds came together to play for the same club, became the spine of the most lauded team in world football, and who throughout their period of unparalleled success remained best mates. With unprecedented access to all six players (David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Phil and Gary Neville), 'The Class Of '92' has new insights about each individual and this special period in British football and cultural history along with fantastic archive footage. Capturing the rise to prominence and global sporting superstardom of these six supremely talented young Manchester United footballers, covering the period 1992-1999, culminating in Manchester United's European Cup triumph, dramatically interweaving and mirroring the highs and lows of its football odyssey with the immense social and cultural changes taking place in Britain at the time. In addition, other high profile interviewees including Zinedine Zidane, Tony Blair, Mani from the Stone Roses, Eric Cantona and Danny Boyle.
It wasn’t until recently that I came to an understanding with football, that we would enjoy each other periodically but never really consistently or in any meaningful way so when I watched The Class of 92 I really didn’t quite understand the draw to make it or the point behind it but all in all I had an awful lot of fun with The Class of 92 as it displayed the famous faces behind 90s football in a new light as they showed them interact outside of the commercials most people know them in now.
The Class of 92 looks at the six footballers that made Manchester United a team to be envied during the 90s thanks to their talent, teamwork and their dedication to their craft. The film looks at their lives and how this moment in time affected them deeply and how it has ultimately shaped the rest of their lives up to this point. The film also delves into the importance of this time to football itself and why in the end we should all appreciate the kind of commitment they put forward.
Although the film feels more like a celebration of an era than a glowing endorsement of the players themselves the film manages to get each one of them relaxed by getting them all together. Players like David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville all communing with each other as regular human beings with a kind of candor that you rarely see in interviews or testimonials. The film treats them elegantly to bring the best out of them.
In the end the film uses some of their finest moments to depict the best of their time and also to highlight a time of joy and happiness for not just the fans, not just the players but also for the country that sunk their teeth into the story of their triumph. This is top notch documentary filmmaking as it makes you feel good while also highlighting the best of its subject.