Movie Review: “They Shall Not Grow Old”

Movie Review: “They Shall Not Grow Old”

Below is Bookworm Room‘s latest review, about the acclaimed World War I British documentary film, “They Shall Not Grow Old” directed and produced by Peter Jackson.  Jackson directed the “Lord of the Rings” Trilogy.

Presented by Fandom Events and Warner Bros., “They Shall Not Grow Old” had onlhy two play dates with a total of four showings i.e., December 17th and December 27th. According to PR Newswire, the movie was a box office success breaking records bringing its cumulative gross to $5.702 million and setting a record as the highest-grossing U.S. cinema event to date, both for Fathom Events and for the event-cinema industry.” That’s pretty good for two play dates/4 showings.

And now Bookworm’s review.  Enjoy.

Wow! Magazine by Bookworm Room

Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old is an extraordinary documentary that deserves the largest audience possible. I try here to explain its brilliance.

This is a two-part review of Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old, a centenary look at WWI. Part 1 is the short version; Part 2 is the long version.

Part 1They Shall Not Grow Old is an amazing, astounding, gorgeous, incredible masterpiece. It is a tour de force of the filmmaker’s and the historian’s art. If there were even a scintilla of justice and decency remaining in the Academy Awards, this movie would not be relegated (as I’m sure it will be) solely to the “Best Documentary” category. Instead, it should win Best Director, Best Writer, Best Cinematographer, and Best whatever else it can be slotted into. Everyone should see it.

The above is, as I said, the short version.

Part 2: The following long version contains some spoilers. You can stop with the short version and you’ll still know everything you need to know. Or you can keep reading. I’ll let you know when the spoilers are coming up.

My desire to see They Shall Not Grow Old began several years ago, when I read online that Peter Jackson was working on a project by which he hoped to sharpen and colorize original footage from World War I. Because I am a history buff, because one of my favorite books ever is Paul Fussell’s The Great War and Modern Memory, and because I love the way old footage allows us to peer through time into the past, I was excited[…]

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Bookworm is a fellow council member and contributor to Wow! MagazineFeel free to check out the exceptional archive of essays written by Bookworm at Wow! and at her website, Bookworm Room.

[Cross-posted on Veterans’ Tales]

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