Every now and then you see something that is truly mind-blowing. A film, a TV show, a play or even a musical. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does you revel in it. One such thing, that I implore you to seek out and watch, is Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old.
If you’ve not heard about They Shall Not Grow Old, it is a 90-minute movie that Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy & The Hobbit) has created. But this isn’t a new film. No, what Jackson and his team have done is truly astounding.
Employing state-of-the-art technology to transform audio and moving image archive footage more than a century old, Peter Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell the story of World War I: the men who were there. Driven by a personal interest in the conflict, Jackson sets out to explore the day-to-day experience of its combatants.
They have taken archive footage from World War 1, mostly from the Imperial War Museum archives, and turned it into an authentic colour movie. Easy to say, not to easy to actually do. The lengths that Jackson’s team went to in order to create this masterpiece are amazing.
How they made They Shall Not Grow Old
But they went a step further. They recorded audio to go with the footage. They recorded people reloading rifles, boots in mud, field guns being fired. It’s incredible!
Commemorating 100 Years
This film is tremendously powerful and breathtaking. The journey that it takes you on will leave you in awe at what these young men went through in the theatre of war. We all seen this kind of black and white, silent footage before where people seem to be walking unnaturally quickly and it, therefore, doesn’t feel real. Jackson has somehow has been able to bridge that gap in reality and it hits home – hard!
He was driven to accomplishing this project through is own interest in the conflict and that fact his grandfather fought in the war. For me, this surpasses everything he has ever done. In all likelihood, it will surpass anything else he ever creates too.
Go watch it. Go watch it right now. I beg you.