They Shall Not Grow Old sounded like a "bad idea": Peter Jackson had worked his way through days' worth of footage documenting WWI – from which he then selected parts and had them colourised. Add the creation of a massive, multi-channel soundscape, plus the conversion to 3D, and it sounds like every film-lover’s nightmare.

WRONG! If – if – you are not a dogma-driven diehard, but rather curious, and therefore perhaps able to see the film for what it might truly be: not merely a fine commemorative documentary about the fighting men’s experience, but arguably the most expensive experimental film of 2018; an audacious work that offers new perspectives on non-fiction filmmaking. For what Jackson did was to treat the original material as if it was motion-captured, which he could then shape. That colour, stereoscopy, and all kinds of sounds were used a century ago to capture and render the war seems almost besides the point. 

Filmmaker
Peter Jackson
Country
United Kingdom, New Zealand
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
109’
Language
English
Producer
Peter Jackson, Clare Olssen
Production Company
WingNut Films Limited, House Productions, Imperial War Museum
Sales
Warner Bros. Pictures
Editor
Jabez Olssen
Music
John Neill