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 (77) | Top Critics (11)

It's just images and the voices of those who were there, telling their own stories.And the result is riveting - an immersive, haunting and often transcendent experience that's unlike anything you've ever seen before.

Jan 16, 2019 | Full Review…

As a work of ethical, empathetic exhumation, They Shall Not Grow Old is a model.

Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…
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A powerful tribute to every veteran and one of the most empathetic portraits of war ever created.

Dec 21, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The technology Jackson deploys is so advanced that the documentary, which has been colorized and enhanced, captures a surprising degree of character and realism.

Dec 21, 2018 | Full Review…

"They Shall Not Grow Old" is a tribute paid by the present to the past, and what a gorgeous gift it turns out to be.

Dec 16, 2018 | Full Review…

An achievement, an experience, and a remarkable tribute.

Dec 14, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for They Shall Not Grow Old

Restored WW1 footage focuses on the British common soldiers' experience and brings dramatically alive a part of history nearly lost to the dustbins. What's seen is unforgettable and destined to be part of the required curriculum, a sober testament against how casually the expression "the horrors of war" is absorbed anymore. Peter Jackson takes care to linger on the faces of the youth given over to battle death, while the voices of survivors, those who were there, vocalize and remember what that horror was actually like. Necessary viewing.

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