Absolutely a fantastic film. Really captured the life of a British Soldier, from beginning to end. To hear the actual voices of Veterans that had been interviewed in the 1960's and 1970's, and added to the film in the right clips, was incredible. History books can tell you the facts, dates, the campaigns and battles, but they can't capture the human element, condition, and experience. Sir Peter did one hell of a job in making this. I only hope he will continue on and do segments on the Air War, Naval War, about the American involvement, Germans, and so on. This was truly a wonderful film about a time, a war, and an era that is slipping away from memory and study. It is offered again on the 27th. I implore all to see it. My kids, a senior in high school and the other half way through college, were totally engrossed by it. It was nothing they had ever heard or read about, because it really isn't taught much anymore in history classes. This is a shame, because we are living with the results, policies, and treaties from the Great War to this day.
As an Historian, this is the way I was blessed to be taught history from grade school through college. The teachers and professors I had, taught the human element of history. The living, breathing, people of the day. History is more than facts and dates, it is all about the human condition. Why people should never put today's judgments and political correctness on past times. Those times involved the thoughts and mentality of those days, not today's. You can learn to appreciate their time, knowing what their time was about, how they lived, what they experienced, and their frame of mind. Peter Jackson nails this in his film. I particularly enjoyed hearing the British Veterans views on their German counterparts. I had the fortunate experience in talking with a couple of WW I Veterans while I attended Military college in 1980. One was an American pursuit pilot, and the other was a German Observation pilot. Aside from hearing of their experience, it was interesting to hear their views about each other and the war.
So, if you have the opportunity, go see this film. It is extraordinary.