Using state-of-the-art technology and materials from the BBC and Imperial War Museum, filmmaker Peter Jackson allows the story of World War I to be told by the men who were there. Life on the front is explored through the voices of the soldiers, who discuss their feelings about the conflict, the food they ate, the friends they made and their dreams of the future.
I’ve never been a fan of “colorization,” but this is a whole different ball game. Jackson and company have made brittle, chemically degraded 16-20 fps film look like footage captured with modern cameras (and microphones). Soldiers from the 19-teens no longer look like dagguereotypes, but like real, afraid, courageous, living, breathing humans beings. Which is, of course, the whole point. An astounding and important achievement.