Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
They Shall Not Grow Old is an often brutal yet strangely hopeful documentary about the soldiers and life in the then ‘Great War’. Produced and directed by Peter Jackson, it’s an intimate look at life in the trenches – from the casual nature of death, to the day to day routine of trench foot and toilet duties. It’s also a technical marvel – re-colourised and reconstructed footage (including frame rate adjustments) matched with recreated sound takes the film to the next level and goes even further to highlight just what life was like in one of the most brutal wars ever fought. An essential watch both as a film and as a historical document.
Best Bit: Colour
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy
If You Liked this Try: The African Queen, All Quiet on the Western Front, The Great Escape
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Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil’s Quick Capsule Review…