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.
. 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
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.
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.
Very well made!
As moving as any “war movie” I’ve ever seen and truly a gift to the world.
I saw this movie in theaters and I will soon be buying it in iTunes. It’s genuinely one of the best documentaries/ movies I have ever seen.
My great-grandfather was killed at the battle of the Somme in 1916, and this film showed exactly what he went through in amazing detail.
Rent if you must but this is not worth buying.
Who ever doesn’t like this documentary is a heartless person who doesn’t care about the people who served for us
What an outstanding job by this director. Technology allowed more footage to be taken during ww2 but ww1 not so much. I can only imagine the time and effort put into restoring and producing the footage
This movie is so good that it should be mandatory viewing in high schools and for undergraduates. It shows a perspective of life that we are forgetting. In its own way, this movie is as good as "Saving Private Ryan."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
It’s an outstanding achievement and really does bring the soldiers to life, but it just lacks something.
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.
Your preservation of this 100Yr old WW1 footage brought tears to all our eyes. Lest we forget.