I had little knowledge of what I was walking into when I sat in the theater and put on my 3D glasses. For the next 2 hours They Shall Not Grow Old brought me into a chapter of world history very few living persons have witnessed in color, World War 1. What makes this documentary so extraordinary is the use of actual film footage from the time (1914-1918), which has been restored, colorized and incorporated in 3D technologies to make you feel like you're there. It's amazing how this modern technology can break down the barriers of perception. To me, old war footage when presented in black and white somehow seems distant, like it's unreal, or from a time so long ago it can't possibly be relatable. Now, thanks to the painstaking efforts of acclaimed director Peter Jackson ( Lord of the Rings ) and his crew, we're presented with an intensely gripping, immersive and authentic experience through the eyes and voices of the British soldiers who lived it. Just stunning.
I left the theater thinking every high school aged kid should see this film, not just to learn more about WW1, but to better understand the human condition that when faced with life and death, whether German or British, men are not that different.