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A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of the war.

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  • The title is a slight mis-quotation from the poem "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon, who wrote "They shall grow not old". Peter Jackson has chosen to put the words in a more logical order, in contrast to Binyon's more archaic syntax.
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  • Several shots of tanks appear in the film, both Mark V (Mark Five) and Mark V* (Mark Five Star). They have been colourised green. In reality, tanks of these types were painted "a neutral brown colour". See the article by the British Tank Museum which states that. "Surrendering to the inevitable, towards the end of 1916 it was ordered that the tanks should be painted in a 'neutral brown colour' all over." These tanks entered service in 1918, and were factory-painted brown.
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    • [waving at camera]
    • Soldier: Hi, mum.
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Jan 3, 2019

Peter Jackson's technical ambitions sometimes muddy his otherwise moving WWI documentary They Shall Not Grow Old.

Metacritic review by Witney Seibold
Witney Seibold
Dec 18, 2018

Jackson’s film is more than a technical tribute: it’s a testament to the bravery and camaraderie of the soldiers, the memory of which has faded like the photographs he brings back to life. In a way, it helps arrest the fear that we are forgetting this futile obliteration of an entire generation.

Metacritic review by Fionnuala Halligan
Fionnuala Halligan
Screen International
Oct 17, 2018

As a immersive primer on the first-hand experiences of British soldiers, this innovative documentary is a haunting, moving and consistently engaging lesson in how to bring the past vividly alive

Metacritic review by Stephen Dalton
Stephen Dalton
The Hollywood Reporter