They Shall Not Grow Old

They Shall Not Grow Old

By Peter Jackson

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2018-12-17
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1h 39min
  • Director: Peter Jackson
  • Production Company: Imperial War Museums
  • Production Country: New Zealand, United Kingdom
8/10
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From 168 Ratings

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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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Reviews

  • Disappointing

    2
    By F'lessen
    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.
  • So so, not great ........

    3
    By PelagicDiver
    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 .........
  • Epic!

    5
    By jscion2k
    Awesome WW1 documentary with amazing color!
  • Instructive

    5
    By gnomeofzurich
    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.
  • Great computerized colorations of the old films.

    2
    By AZ Grizzly
    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.
  • Occasionally you watch a movie that leaves you in awe

    5
    By Libertarian14
    This is an incredible tribute to amazing young men who died in a horrific war
  • Experience of a lifetime

    5
    By Crofelt
    You have to watch this at least once in your life. It’s that amazing.
  • Disappointed 😴

    2
    By aced411
    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.
  • Really?

    2
    By Birdman of Alfricaz
    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.
  • Beautiful

    5
    By Subject116
    Very well made!

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