First Man Movie Review

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Release Date  : 12/10/2018

Genre              : Biography, Drama, History

Cast                   : Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Pablo Schreiber, Corey Stoll

Director          : Damien Chazelle

Duration         : 2 hrs 23 mins

Language        : English

First Man follows American astronaut Neil Armstrong over the nine years leading up to his historic trip to the Moon on July 20, 1969. As Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon, the movie traces his state of mind during those tumultuous years of personal loss and professional hurdles. Damien Chazelle (La La Land, Whiplash), the youngest recipient of the Best Director Oscar, reunites with Ryan Gosling and music composer Justin Hurwitz to deliver a heart-pounding emotional drama.

Neil Armstrong is a name taught in schools around the world. He was the first man to land on the moon and we’ve all heard his first words there. But what is forgotten, or at least not as well remembered, is how hard it was to get there. First Man will remind you of just that by showing everything it took to be the first to the moon. It is an incredibly personal story of a man who rose above the losses in his life and managed to go somewhere where no man had gone before. Ryan Gosling has captured the stoic grace of a man who when told that he was going to be leading the first mission to the moon. Claire Foy is in her element as she plays a caring mother and a supportive wife as Janet Armstrong.

Going into space changes your perspective. Great space movies do the same and First Man is not just great, it’s phenomenal. It’s more than a film, First Man is an experience, especially for the ones who dreamed of being astronauts as children. If you’re still looking for more reasons to watch the film, know that it’s being hailed as one of the best films of the year and it deserves a watch, if only because it may be getting multiple Oscar nominations.