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Ryan Gosling is Neil Armstrong in this biopic written by Josh Singer (Spotlight) and directed by Damien Chazelle (La La Land), both Oscar-winners.
The film, based on the official biography by James R. Hansen, follows the life of Armstrong from 1961 through to 1969, chronicling NASA's intense journey to land a man on the moon.
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- Damien Chazelle('Whiplash', 'La La Land')
- Josh Singer (based on the book 'First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong' by James R. Hansen)
Drama, True Story & Biography
Rating: M Offensive language
It happened sooner than expected: at the tender age of 33 years old, Oscar golden boy Damien Chazelle decided it was time to make his stodgy, pedestrian Clint Eastwood-in-twilight biopic. With Whiplash and La La Land, Chazelle brought a distinctive brio to his tales of protagonists incurring sacrifices in the pursuit of greater ambition. First Man too, is a variant of this theme, sensitive, predominantly, to the personal collateral damage of its characters above all else.
Showcasing an impressive Nolan-esque facility with hardware Chazelle only previously hinted at, the film is unfortunately a dramatically inert chronicle of Neil Armstrong’s journey to his historic moon landing with Buzz Aldrin on July 20, 1969. In weighing up Armstrong’s inner war–his duty to science, country, family–the film rarely deviates from this one note for two hours and twenty-one minutes. We definitely get it: space travel is torture.
Individual sequences inspire awe, and are perhaps as close as we’ve come to “being there” in a theatre. The opening test flight is a riveting, masterfully visceral experience. First Man never loses sight of its central horror: these are essentially human guinea pigs, encased in clattering, claustrophobic steel coffins, sitting on gallons of rocket fuel.
But Chazelle’s solemnity-equals-profundity approach, affected with Malick-style period lyricism and grossly overused shaky-cam, makes one crave a grand entertainment like The Right Stuff or even–dare I say it–Apollo 13. Ryan Gosling imbues Armstrong with a familiar robotic remove, which made a snug fit for pulpier genre fictions like Drive and Blade Runner 2049, but struggles to connect here against the weight of history. The first man on the moon, it turns out, is a bit of a bore.
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Not completely out of this world.
Majestic, inspiring and (mostly) engaging; it takes you on a monumental journey without getting to really know the characters.
Bio-Pic Needed To Dive Deeper
Technically, amazing. When it comes to crafting an engaging story I was left bored and uninterested, I really wanted to care but I was too bust thinking about what I was doing afterwards rather than the actual movie. Claire Foy steals the show but other then that its not really worth the $18
Among the best biopics of recent years
From the first moment to the last, this film is an utter triumph. Damien Chazelle's understated approach to one of history's greatest moments deserves the highest praise. Impeccable acting, fantastic cinematography, mindblowing sound mixing and editing, this film will be deservedly recognized at the upcoming awards season. On every level, there is not a wasted moment. Go see it - I guarantee you will be nothing short of awestruck at how simply this film will amaze you.
Maybe a bit long
Don't get me wrong, there are some great performances (and an outstanding one by Claire Foye). But at the end of the day, I did feel the movie was about 20-30 minutes too long. Too many long shots ...
... but hey, what do I know. Go and make up your own mind; I certainly don't regret seeing this movie.
Wow! Such a moving story about Neil Armstrong. It really puts you into the feel of how stressful the situations were. The use of real footage throughout the movie was seamless and really pushed home how it was at that time. Great movie.
That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.
This is amazing piece of film art. They really put you inside the film and show you what you would see, feel and think. I felt like I was really in Neil Armstrong's shoes through this film.Two stars flick guys?? Go and watch it again.
Not a wasted moment
141 minutes is a long time in a movie. First Man holds it together well. It's tense and revealing giving good backstory to the space race.