They Shall Not Grow Old

They Shall Not Grow Old

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They Shall Not Grow Old

Peter Jackson directs this WWI documentary featuring never-before-seen black-n-white footage that's been digitally coloured to commemorate the centennial of the war's end.

"Driven by a personal interest in the First World War, Jackson set out to bring to life the day-to-day experience of its soldiers. Using the voices of the men involved, the film explores the reality of war on the front line; their attitudes to the conflict; how they ate; slept and formed friendships, as well what their lives were like away from the trenches during their periods of downtime. Jackson and his team used cutting edge techniques to make the images of a hundred years ago appear as if they were shot yesterday. The transformation from black and white footage to colourised footage can be seen throughout the film revealing never before seen details." (Official synopsis)

2018Rating: RP16, Graphic content may disturb99 minsNew Zealand, UK
DocumentaryWarHistorical
Director:
Peter Jackson ('The Lord of the Rings' trilogy, 'The Hobbit' trilogy, 'King Kong')
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Perhaps surprisingly, with a blockbuster merchant at the helm, little here is rousing or sentimental; the film's mordant intimacy of perspective endures as stoically as the speakers themselves.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

It is an encounter with the past that feels exhilaratingly present-tense.

5.0
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Stuff

Stuff

press

They Shall Not Grow Old, should be lauded ... for not only making history come alive again, but providing a potential template and touchstone for future film-makers and storytellers wanting to look back.

5.0
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Independent

Independent

press

You might have thought there was nothing new to say about the First World War but Peter Jackson's astonishing and revelatory new feature documentary comes at the subject in a way no previous film, book or play has ever done.

5.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Nothing feels too sentimentalised or sanitised, but nor is it sensationalised for extra shock value either. These are the true accounts of survivors, after all, mostly talking decades after the events and grateful to be alive.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...unbearably poignant.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An emotionally rich documentary that wows both as a technical achievement and an unforgettable portrait of a terrible period of 20th century history.

4.0
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An important piece of restorative work that will make you wince and contemplate how much easier and less burdensome life is particularly if you are a young man but also just as a human. This is a reminder of how brutal and terrifying warfare is and how at its core, are humans carrying out orders but trying their best to uphold morals under the circumstances...

4.0
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Excellent film. The narration using entries form actual soldiers diaries makes this a different documentary form others on WW1 - it's not about facts, figures and dates but rather about the human experience. It's also amazing the difference that seeing the men in colour makes - really makes it seem more immediate.

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Perhaps surprisingly, with a blockbuster merchant at the helm, little here is rousing or sentimental; the film's mordant intimacy of perspective endures as stoically as the speakers themselves.

0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

It is an encounter with the past that feels exhilaratingly present-tense.

5.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

They Shall Not Grow Old, should be lauded ... for not only making history come alive again, but providing a potential template and touchstone for future film-makers and storytellers wanting to look back.

5.0
0
Independent

Independent

press

You might have thought there was nothing new to say about the First World War but Peter Jackson's astonishing and revelatory new feature documentary comes at the subject in a way no previous film, book or play has ever done.

5.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Nothing feels too sentimentalised or sanitised, but nor is it sensationalised for extra shock value either. These are the true accounts of survivors, after all, mostly talking decades after the events and grateful to be alive.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...unbearably poignant.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An emotionally rich documentary that wows both as a technical achievement and an unforgettable portrait of a terrible period of 20th century history.

4.0
0

An important piece of restorative work that will make you wince and contemplate how much easier and less burdensome life is particularly if you are a young man but also just as a human. This is a reminder of how brutal and terrifying warfare is and how at its core, are humans carrying out orders but trying their best to uphold morals under the...

4.0
0

Excellent film. The narration using entries form actual soldiers diaries makes this a different documentary form others on WW1 - it's not about facts, figures and dates but rather about the human experience. It's also amazing the difference that seeing the men in colour makes - really makes it seem more immediate.

5.0
0