Atom User Reviews for They Shall Not Grow Old
Breathtaking to be put in touch with the humanity of the past through the restored and colorized footage.
Go see this movie. Bring the younger generation so they learn how terrible war is.
The film was an epic telling of the Great War from the British soldier's point of view. It deals with the war from mustering in to reintegrating back to civilian life. It was very informative, heart wrenching, and inspirational for our generation and generations to come to remember the sacrifice made by common folk for their country. A definite must see! I hope they will put it out on Blu-Ray!
These brave lads went off for a grand adventure, but experienced the most brutal and horrible war imaginable. You will see life in the trenches never viewed before. War is hell.
Really interesting, so many personal stories. Such a unique view of history and this war. Very well done.
Great film. Should be required viewing. Learning the past helps us understand the present.
stunning visuals. Hopefully will awaken interest in the war that has been ignored by modern historians. The perfectly done colorization brings the events to life.
Jackson's masterpiece. Focused, intense history of British soldiers in WW1 from induction in the army until the end of the war. Technical achievements made the old archival footage come to life.
It's not a movie with a storyline and characters. It is the voices, images, and stories of those who were there brought to life with vivid colorization. In two words: poignant and haunting.
London's Imperial War Museum asked Peter Jackson to do "something original" in presenting the history of WWI , and he did just that. Focusing on the humanity of all the combatants on the Western Front, he has given us a history lesson that should be required viewing for all high school students, for anyone who has an interest in history and how we can learn from it, and for those who sit in the seats of power who send young men off to be fodder for a war machine that only fills the pockets of the already wealthy. Sad that the WWI veterans, already devastated by the war, returned to homelessness, joblessness, and years of physical and mental trauma. Will we ever learn?
Stay till after the credits. See how they did it. totally worth your time.
The film makes personal the WWI soldiers, they are now human, real.
An amazing piece of cinematography! You feel like you are in the trenches 100 years ago!
Jackson did an amazing job!
The film restoration and colorization actually bring out heretofore unnoticed or unidentified details in the films used. An additional touch that makes the material more personal is the use of lip readers to decipher the words spoken by some of these heroes as they were being filmed. Jackson also enhanced the sounds by recording real sounds made by the equipment and weapons of the period. Finally, you won't believe the 3D when it kicks in. YOU MUST SEE THIS MOVIE!
Not only was the overall movie well done, but Peter Jackson’s “How we did it” presentation after the credits rolled made the whole experience even more worthwhile.
Peter Jackson does a great job of depicting life for the average ww1 British soldier. The team that colorized the old footage did an amazing job! This movie looks amazing, you almost forget its film from 100 years ago!
Very well done. Using only the footage from around 1914 was amazing. Really gave you a feel for what it was like in the trenches!! Must see in 3D!!
Nothing brings the legacy of the Great War more alive than this film. It has left me speechless and astounded.
Films like this provide a much needed jolt to our narcissistic lives beset by perpetual business... this movie is humanity and a poignant reminder to band together and love each other... the alternative is horrific.
There is a premovie discussion with the director in which he discussed some things in the movie. There is also a post credit “how it’s made” feature that’s worth the wait. The movie was fantastic. Parts of it include disturbing images but they are brief. Overall, a very worthy movie with lots of footage. In the post credit feature, the director explains why drawings were used for certain aspects of the movie.
Movie was great however I wasn't notified about the 30 minute pre-show
Very well done. Must see.
Outstanding and an historic film!
The film was thoughtfully and painstakingly created from actual footage that was integrated with audio interviews of real British WWI veterans. This truly achieved the goal of sharing the experience of the common soldier on the Western front. I’m normally not a fan of 3D but it added another dimension to the film that reminded me somewhat of the old stereocards. The movie was incredibly well done and a must see.
Fantastic insight into the lives of WWI soldiers. Exposes the real terror of war. Lots of death (perhaps not for the squeamish). Stay through the end credits for a look at the technology and skill behind the making of this film.
Innovative, honest, and pure. Outstanding use of technology to bring the past to life. Highly recommended.
The closest thing to time travel i’ve ever experienced, Jackson et al have brought the Great War to life in a way that is more visceral and engaging— truly life-altering—than any i’ve seen...and it’s not close.
History buffs will appreciate the film, well done considering the 100 year old footage. Really told a story about the human experience.
Wonderfully done. Peter Jackson created a masterpiece.
A fantastic look at WW1. Worth seeing.
Loved it! Would see it again!
It was great to hear stories from the British soldiers who experienced this first hand. And to see actual footage restored was amazing. Thank you Peter Jackson and your team for bringing WW1 alive for the next generation.
This was an amazing film! The painstaking process of colorization really paid off. The storyline written in soldiers own words was amazing.
A beautiful, poignant piece of cinema. World War I is brought to stunning life like never before! Highly recommended!
An intense reminder of the utterly senseless and foolishness of war. A 100 years later we still haven't learn the lesson.
Enjoyed the realism and graphic presentation of a bygone era.
This work portrays the way the war was by bringing reality into what were previously stilted, scratchy black and white films.
Modern technology brings life back to the long dead. This is a moving, almost overwhelming film that shows the realities of a war we've largely forgotten. At the end, I wasn't sure if I should bawl or be sick. An awful war, and somehow we didn't learn to make it the one that ended all wars.
amazing movie that throws you into the action on the true great war
This was my favorite film of the year. I was surprised at how enlightening and powerful it is.
peternJackson did an amazing kob bringing to life the experience of the common british soldier during the first world war. must stay to see his explanation of editing after the credits
Be sure to stay for the explanation of the film enhancing techniques after the credits. The most poignant part of the movie to me was when Peter Jackson explained that one clip from a sunken road was the first wave waiting to go "over the top" at the battle of the Somme. Virtually every man in the shot will be dead within 30 minutes.
Amazing! Makes the experiences of the British soldiers in WWI come to life. And the 3d boggles the mind. Like a window into 1914. This isn't a lecture movie, but an experience. Very personal, very real, very moving. American's/French/Russians/etc. may be disappointed that it features very little, if any, of their country's experiences ... but hopefully Jackson or someone will do something similar for other nations.
Very well done view of WWI, Peter Jackson poured a ton of work into archival footage and we reap the benefits, a must see.
This ought to be required viewing in all our high schools.