David Denby, one of The New Yorker‘s film critics, does what a good critic should: he writes reviews that transcend their subjects.
In the January 28, 2013 edition of The New Yorker (p. 81), he reviewed Michael Apted’s 56 Up, and commented thus about the British subjects of Apted’s astonishing historical “follow them through life” documentary series”:
In all, these men and women don’t seem to have the seething ambitions and the restlessness of so many Americans. They don’t expect to get rich, somehow, next year. They may be happier than we are but they’re also less colorful.
Three sentences. A very good summary of the American character, particularly from the viewpoint of this American expatriate living in Sydney, Australia. Well, most of the Americans I know definitely do NOT seem very happy (at least compared to Australians), but they sure are more colourful. (Different spelling of “colourful” this time purposeful.)