I haven’t yet seen Peter Jackson’s World War I documentary They Shall Not Grow Old, but by all accounts it’s technically dazzling. The New Zealand director is something of a technical wizard, having made all six Lord of the Rings/Hobbit movies. He also understands a brooding drama, since he made The Lovely Bones and the great Heavenly Creatures. With this one, he takes actual original silent footage of British soldiers on the Western Front and using every tool he has to visually enhance the film, from film colorists to lip readers. (Based on the trailer, the colorization is a lot less cheesy than it might have been.) Commissioned by London’s Imperial War Museum and released in the UK before the 100th anniversary of the war ending, it’s back in local theaters for one day only.
The Showcases are showing the film in 2-D but Regal Cinemas Swansea is showing it in both 2-D and 3-D