Have You Seen This Stunning Trailer?

I watched a trailer for a documentary today that nearly brought me to tears.

Honestly, I’ve probably had that happen before. But this was different, because it wasn’t the content that moved me in this trailer–rather, it was the format.

Before I continue, try to picture in your mind what life looked like during the first World War, 100 years ago. If your mind’s eye is anything like mine, it looked like this:

You and I both know that the world wasn’t actually greyscale 100 years ago. But that’s how I picture it, and in doing so, I subconsciously separate my modern life from these olden days. I’m struggling to express this, as it’s not something that even occurred to me until today.

The difference is that thanks to Slashfilm, I’ve now seen the trailer for the documentary They Shall Not Grow Old by Peter Jackson, which uses a new colorization and restoration process to bring old footage to life. It’s in color, and the film speed is what we’re used to.

Even after I read that description, I was just watching out of curiosity. But then my breath was taken away 30 seconds into the trailer, and it stayed away for the next 2 minutes. The closest thought that I can convey is that for the first time, it fully hit me that this actually happened. This was real life, just as today was real for you and me. The world was just as alive 100 years ago as it is today.

“Travel back in time,” the trailer says. And honestly, that’s exactly how I felt watching this trailer. I need to see this documentary.

I know that’s super obvious, but…well, just watch the trailer. Perhaps you’ll have the same reaction and be able to express it better than me. Or perhaps not–that’s fine too. Either way, I’d love to hear your thoughts and reactions.