Following their successful 2016 musical collaboration La La Land, which netted 14 Academy Award nominations and six Oscars, director Damien Chazelle and actor Ryan Gosling teamed up again in 2018 for something completely different: an entirely dance-free biopic about legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.
Beginning in 1961 and running through to the iconic 1969 Apollo 11 mission which Armstrong commanded, First Man is a tense and intense piece of film-making which (as these things always do) underlines the achievement of the men and women of NASA and the bravery of the men who put their lives on the line for the sake of space exploration.
We first meet Armstrong working as a test pilot on the rocket-powered X-15 planes, from where he eventually graduates to Project Gemini and makes his first spaceflight aboard Gemini 8 in 1966. From there it’s only three short years before he’s taking one small step for man and … well you know the rest. Gosling, resplendent in a short back and sides, plays Armstrong as a quiet and thoughtful man, and as much as Chazelle’s film is about the dangers faced and derring-do shown by Armstrong it’s also about his personal side. British actress Claire Foy plays Armstrong’s wife Janetincluding isolating. He will do so in Toronto., and there’s a strong focus on his family life and his friendships with fellow astronauts Ed White (Jason Clarke) and Elliot See (Patrick Fugit), both of whom died tragically in training. Elsewhere, Corey Stoll and Lukas Haas play Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins, Armstrong’s crewmates on the historic Apollo 11 mission.
As shown by the success of films such as 2016’s Hidden Figures (about the struggle of three black, female mathematicians who worked at NASA in the 1960s) and 2019 Netflix documentary Apollo 11 (which used previously unseen 70mm film of Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins to glorious effect) interest in the Golden Age of space exploration is increasing rather than diminishing. First Man is a more than decent addition to the canon andPastor James Coates of GraceLife Church spent a month in jail for violating a bail condition not to hold church services that officials have said ignored measures on capacity limits, as everon Monday. Those developments have fuelled hopes tha, Gosling holds the attention like few other actors of his generation can.
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