They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

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Critic Consensus: An impressive technical achievement with a walloping emotional impact, They Shall Not Grow Old pays brilliant cinematic tribute to the sacrifice of a generation.

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Fathom Events has partnered with Warner Bros. Pictures to bring Academy Award (R) winner Peter Jackson's poignant WWI documentary They Shall Not Grow Old to select cinemas on December 17and 27 only. The film is presented in 2D and RealD 3D. The acclaimed documentary is an extraordinary look at the soldiers and events of the Great War, using film footage captured at the time, now presented as the world has never seen. By utilizing state-of-the-art restoration, colorization and 3D technologies, and pulling from 600 hours of BBC archival interviews, Jackson puts forth an intensely gripping, immersive and authentic experience through the eyes and voices of the British soldiers who lived it. Jackson recorded a special introduction to the film offering his perspective on why the film is important for audiences, who have never experienced WWI footage as anything but grainy black & white, and silent. Jackson opens a window to the past in a way that has never been seen or heard before, noting, "Restoration is a humanizing process."

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Critic Reviews for They Shall Not Grow Old

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (3)

They Shall Not Grow Old arrives as clinching proof of just how far Peter Jackson has traveled in three decades.

Oct 16, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Nothing feels too sentimentalized or sanitized, but nor is it sensationalized for extra shock value either. These are the true accounts of survivors, after all, mostly talking decades after the events and grateful to be alive.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Perhaps surprisingly, with a blockbuster merchant at the helm, little here is rousing or sentimental; the film's mordant intimacy of perspective endures as stoically as the speakers themselves.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…
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In the unnervingly chirpy cadences of the era, we are told of rats, filth, and mutilation in the trenches, but also the emotional strain and dehumanisation that took place as pimply young men were isolated in a world that stank of death.

Nov 12, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Colourising and enhancing the footage and using lip-readers to decipher soldiers' words, which were dubbed by actors, was done to jaw-dropping effect.

Nov 12, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Four years in the making, this feature-length documentary is an ingenious creation indeed.

Nov 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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