They Shall Not Grow Old

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Employing state-of-the-art technology to transform audio and moving image archive footage more than a century old, Peter Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell the story of World War I: the men who were there. Driven by a personal interest in the conflict, Jackson sets out to explore the day-to-day experience of its combatants.


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. A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of Armistice Day, and the end of the war.. They Shall Not Grow Old Wiki


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F'lessen    2 star

Disappointing Usually I'm a fan of Jackson's work, however, being a huge history geek, this falls extremely short for me. The footage is great. I love seeing it colorized and hearing the mean speaking about their experiences first hand was fabulous. That being said, here are the issue(s) for me that make me dislike it. The footage shown in almost no way matches what the men were talking about. Occasionally it did, but more often than not it didn't. This showed randomly early parts of the war footage with ends of the war footage with no regard at all for how it actually fit the actual timeline of the events of WWI. Admittedly the first hand accounts did seem to follow historical events somewhat, but the video clips jumped all over the place. Additionally, there should have been at least a minimal narration behind this. There were huge battles that I could tell the men were talking about but lacked any context for a the average person. Where they in the Marne? Where they in the Dardanelles? Was this at Verdun? Was it at any of the lesser discussed 'skirmishes'? Understanding that this was the first global mechanized war, there were literally as high as 75,000 casualities in a day in some of these battles. This stuff matters! As the war dragged on, both sides got progressively better at killing and maiming soldiers for the sole purpose of making the other side say 'uncle'. Over all, I enjoyed hearing the first hand accounts and I love seeing the footage colorized, but it was not at all what I was hoping for or even expecting. Jackson is better than this.

PelagicDiver    3 star

So so, not great ........ From a historical standpoint, not bad, but there isn't much to it ........................ My hat's off to the boys who foght the Gerry's, they will never be forgotten .........

jscion2k    5 star

Epic! Awesome WW1 documentary with amazing color!

gnomeofzurich    5 star

Instructive Should be required viewing for those about to reach draft age. The men who clamor for war today are the same men who tucked their tails when it was their time. Then as now. And this movie shows the results.

AZ Grizzly    2 star

Great computerized colorations of the old films. However, the colorization is the only positive comment I can make. The narrative was poorly put together. It was like listening to a couple dozen old men talk about their experiences. The producer did seem to care if these men sounded intelligent or senile. I had to endure the narrative to enjoy the colorized film. Not worth the rental price.

Libertarian14    5 star

Occasionally you watch a movie that leaves you in awe This is an incredible tribute to amazing young men who died in a horrific war

Crofelt    5 star

Experience of a lifetime You have to watch this at least once in your life. It’s that amazing.

aced411    2 star

Disappointed 😴 The footage restoration is remarkable but the documentary itself is rather low effort. It consists entirely of footage (some enhanced, some not) with audio recordings of WW1 vets telling stories. There is no overarching theme, narrator, soundtrack or bits from historians to tie it together. I’m generally a huge military history fan but making it through TSNGO without falling asleep was quite an effort. I highly recommend renting before buying.

Birdman of Alfricaz    2 star

Really? Because of all of the rave reviews I was really looking forward to watching this film. It didn’t take long to notice that the same video clips and pictures are being shown over and over and over again from different angles. I saw the same soldier in the same video clip six times. The narrative is mostly soundbites of soldiers that they attempted to pair up with what was portrayed in the pictures and video clips. It looks like Mr. Jackson did not have much media to work because like I said, the same clips and pictures are used OVER and OVER and OVER again. The worst part of this film is that almost all the videos and pictures are one of two things. Dead mangled soldiers or live soldiers acting goofy as hell because they are being filmed for which I’m sure for most of them was the first time.

Subject116    5 star

Beautiful Very well made!

Really_I_Have_2    5 star

Amazing Must See ! I saw this in the movie theatre and it was amazing. It is not an educational documentary, it’s a truly eye opening experience. Even if you are not a history of war buff you will enjoy this documentary. Peter Jackson wove together this old footage and really brought it to life. It’s not scattered aspects of WW1, so you won’t lose interest listening to a lecture. It’s the veterans telling the story of what life was like in the trench’s of the western front.

JonesyTHFC    5 star

Everyone should see! I saw They Shall Not Grow Old in the cinema and I did not want it to end. In fact I would have watched it over again immediately after I could have. Peter Jackson and or his team must win an Oscar(s) for this fantastic work. This is not a story about the Great War in my opinion but more of a soldiers story. I’d give this 10/10 only because I can’t score it 11! I hear that in the UK all high schools will be supplied a copy. The story of the Great War and the hero’s that took part needs to be told and never forgotten. You will not be disappointed. Thank you Peter Jackson.

Theoyennis
'It just lacks something'  Theoyennis  4 star

A very powerful presentation of humanity amid the slaughter and horrors of the First World War but, as was to be expected, a total absence of analysis of the First World War as the first capitalist world war over the re-division of areas of exploitation. Such a failure maintains an open door for further suffering and destruction at war under capitalism.

Robbie Dennis
Very sad and depressing  Robbie Dennis  5 star

It made me feel depressed for the rest of the day after watching this doco film. The colouring was very good and it brought the old footage to life and made it more somewhat relatable. Like you could understand it more what sort of hell they went through, like it was full on hell if you were stuck in the front line. And then if you survived you couldn’t get a job when you went back home after the war. The old war song at the end was also very catchy and it was stuck in my head for ages.

Kisbys
Stunning  Kisbys  5 star

The way they brought them to life was amazing. The only way it could have been better would have been to make a greater distinction between German and British scenes they were too interspersed

rover07
Both Sides  rover07  4 star

It is a wonderful achievement towards the protection and perservation of this remarkable footage. However, I think it could have been made better if some footage of the German side of the war could have also been included. Although they were the enemy at the time, they are not now and I believe we should always be mindful that just like our own troops, they were there fighting for their country as our troops were fighting for their and thus they also endured the horrors of the Western front just as our own troops did.

RTReinhardt
Missing something  RTReinhardt  3 star

It’s an outstanding achievement and really does bring the soldiers to life, but it just lacks something.

old-spice
Amazing  old-spice  5 star

The treatment given to such rare footage is incredible. This really brings the men who served in the trenches to life and gives them meaning, relevance and personality not normally seen in black and white footage.

RonnyRockstar16
I went back in time ... Thank you Sir Peter Jackson.  RonnyRockstar16  5 star

Your preservation of this 100Yr old WW1 footage brought tears to all our eyes. Lest we forget.

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