The film was co-commissioned by 14–18 NOW and Imperial War Museums in association with the BBC, who approached Jackson in 2015 for the project. According to Jackson, to make the film, the crew of They Shall Not Grow Old reviewed 600 hours of interviews from the BBC and the IWM and 100 hours of original film footage from the IWM. The interviews came from 200 veterans, with the audio from 120 of them being used in the film. After receiving the footage, Jackson decided that the film would not feature traditional narration and that it would instead only feature audio excerpts of the soldiers talking about their war memories, in order to make the film about the soldiers themselves; for the same reason, it barely features any dates or named locations.
|Runtime||1 hr 39 min|
|Premiere: World||$20 502 132 November 9, 2018|
|USA||$17 956 913|
|Other countries||$2 545 219|
|Premiere: USA||$17 956 913 December 17, 2018|
|first day||$2 327 451|
|Digital: World||April 2, 2019|
|Parental Advisory||Frightening & Intense Scenes, Violence & Gore, ...|
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DescriptionA documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of the war.
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They Shall Not Grow Old isn’t just a compelling motion picture; it’s an important slice of cinema.
Jackson’s use of editing is extraordinary.
It’s just images and the voices of those who were there, telling their own stories.And the result is riveting – an immersive, haunting a...
For the first time, those jittery, frenetic figures in ancient newsreels look and move like people you know.
It’s a true act of revival.
For the most part, the larger arc is familiar. It’s obscure nuances that really set you back.
The technology Jackson deploys is so advanced that the documentary, which has been colorized and enhanced, captures a surprising degree of cha...
What a superb way to remember the centenary of the end of the war. Hail Peter.
Jackson’s project seems to me truly phantasmagoric, in Walter Benjamin’s terms. A 'strange meeting', to invoke Wilfred Owen&rsquo...
Jackson would surely concede that the act of slowing and colouring in the archive film is a means to an end. It is a way of bringing the story of t...
It’s the visual and emotional achievement - a groundbreaking resurrection – that resonates.
They Shall Not Grow Old is a fascinating exposition, told with reverence and stunning colorization, of these men who fought the war they thoug...
Colourising and enhancing the footage and using lip-readers to decipher soldiers' words, which were dubbed by actors, was done to jaw-dropping effect.
Jackson’s film is more than a technical tribute: it’s a testament to the bravery and camaraderie of the soldiers, the memory...
Visceral, invasive, dauntless, unnerving, the film’s delving hands and eyes take us into war front trenches palpitating with humanity and mor...
Once again, [Jackson] has translated something that’s growing ancient into a series of images and ideas a modern audience will be able t...
Jackson has done something quite remarkable: using 21st-century technology to put the humanity back into old movie stock. The result is utterly bre...
Peter Jackson has taken a mass of World War I archival clips from Britain’s Imperial War Museum and fashioned it into a brisk, absorbing...
It is an encounter with the past that feels exhilaratingly present-tense.
Ultimately, it’s a you-are-there time capsule of enormous emotional and historical importance.
Nothing feels too sentimentalized or sanitized, but nor is it sensationalized for extra shock value either. These are the true accounts of survivor...
On one level a sincere memorial in images and sound. On another, like all his work, it is first and foremost a special effects movie…The...
As an act of popular history, They Shall Not Grow Old is outstanding.
This is as close as we can get to a full immersion into one of the most horrifying and ultimately pointless wars in modern history.
With no narration, just primary sources, but also with authenticity coming through the artifice of recreated image and sound, it was quite unlike a...
Perhaps surprisingly, with a blockbuster merchant at the helm, little here is rousing or sentimental; the film’s mordant intimacy of per...
Now, 100 years later, the dead speak to us. And finally, we can understand…to a degree.
In this profound documentary event, Peter Jackson creates digital miracles-in 3D yet-to revitalize archival footage of World War I until faded...
"They Shall Not Grow Old" is a nearly great talking-head documentary in which the talking heads are never seen, only heard.
They Shall Not Grow Old is stupendously humane, the polar opposite of propaganda.
There’s a lot to debate here, and a lot to admire.
By thoughtfully employing cutting-edge technology, Jackson has instead created an essential portal connecting audiences of the present to his subje...
They Shall Not Grow Old arrives as clinching proof of just how far Peter Jackson has traveled in three decades.
An emotionally rich documentary that wows both as a technical achievement and an unforgettable portrait of a terrible period of 20th century h...
This is a hugely engaging and worthy project, filled with extraordinary tales of camaraderie, courage and unwavering conviction.
As a work of ethical, empathetic exhumation, They Shall Not Grow Old is a model.
An achievement, an experience, and a remarkable tribute.
A powerful tribute to every veteran and one of the most empathetic portraits of war ever created.
You might have thought there was nothing new to say about the First World War but Peter Jackson’s astonishing and revelatory new feature docu...
"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.
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