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First Man

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  • Started 1 month ago by Marian
  • Latest reply from Chris DeVito

  1. Marian
    Member

    The first movie I've seen that makes you feel what astronaut training was like. It begins with an X-15 flight and puts you in the audience right there in the cockpit. It shows how the details for the Apollo mission (and Gemini before that) were being invented and worked out as they went along. It's amazing there weren't more disasters than there were. It even includes the speech being written in case Apollo 11 was a disaster. So 90% of the movie is superb and seems factual. Ryan Gosling as Armstrong is excellent. However, there's a 10% of the movie that is frustrating and keeps First Man from being a future classic. I was worried when I saw the director had directed LaLaLand. I didn't like that movie because a great idea was made bland and the ending just trails away. My worries were right. First Man is hampered by the director wanting to humanize Armstrong. By all accounts, he was a very private man who kept his feelings to himself and focused on his job as pilot. I wish the director had respected that. The ending should have been the Moon landing and instead just sort of trails off with the astronauts going into quarantine. While accurate, it's the wrong ending spot. Nonetheless, First Man is 90% excellent and well worth seeing.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  2. schatzfam
    Member

    I saw this and agree with most of what you say. I did think there were maybe a few too many scenes of craft violently shuddering in space and the overall mood was so solemn. It was realistic, but I felt there could have been a bit more sense of fun and adventure to counteract the somberness.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  3. Chris DeVito
    Member

    FIRST MAN is the best science-fiction movie since 2001. Stunning, hallucinatory, brilliant.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #

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