They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)


“[waving at camera] Hi, mum.” – Soldier

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Mar 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the experiences of young soldiers during World War I.

My Take on it – This is a documentary that I heard about not long ago and was quite intrigued to see how it would be presented.

The idea used here is quite innovative since it utilizes real audio and video footage of men who fought in World War I.

The fact that this is all real audio and video from a time where it wasn’t used as much as we use them today is amazing because apparently there still was much use of these medias even a century ago.

This is fortunate since we get to see some great never before seen footage of the young men from long ago who gave up so much to fight the ultimate fight.

It’s easy to see that this was such a personal project for director Peter Jackson because so much time was give in order to make this film.

The biggest problem that I had with this film tho was the fact that there is no clear story since they only want us to try and comprehend the overall experience and not a specific story of one soldier or another.

This unfortunately leaves things quite uneven in the way things are presented to us.

It’s definitely nice hearing the thoughts of these long gone men who gave up so much of their lives for this war but the fact that they are nameless and faceless takes away from the real impact that such a film could have.

Bottom Line – Very interesting idea that works once you realize that all of the audio and video is completely real. The amount of files found is quite vast and we get to see some great pictures and films never before seen. Jackson does a nice job putting this film together and it’s easy to see how much love and time went in to making this movie. The biggest problem with this film is that since there is no clear story, things feel very uneven throughout.  It’s nice hearing the thoughts of those long gone men who gave up so much to be a part of this war, yet the fact that they are all faceless and nameless, takes away from the impact that this kind of film could have. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The crew reviewed over 600 hours of interviews with over 200 soldiers, and 100 hours of original footage. Peter Jackson claimed a full year was spent just reviewing the material. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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One thought on “They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

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