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First Man

  • Drama
  • 2018
  • Damien Chazelle
  • 135 mins
  • 12A

Summary

A look at the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong, from his early days in 1961 as a NASA test pilot. By the late 1960s, as he becomes emotionally distant from his family, he embarks on a space mission that leads to him becoming the first man to walk on the moon. Director Damien Chazelle's Oscar-winning drama based on the book by James R Hansen, starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The story of how Neil Armstrong got to the Moon is told in rich and intimate detail in this thrilling film that focuses as much on the man as it does his extraordinary achievement. Ryan Gosling portrays the astronaut as a humble deep-thinker, uncomfortable in the spotlight and all too aware of the risks inherent in the mission. His subtlety and understatement is matched by an equally nuanced performance from Claire Foy as his wife, Janet. Director Damien Chazelle nods to, rather than borrows from, earlier real-life space exploration movies (The Right Stuff, Apollo 13), delivering a more character-driven piece, a keenly observed family drama that just happens to lead to one of the greatest moments in history. The build-up to the mission and Armstrong's eventual blast-off is chronicled in precise yet never clinical detail via some dazzling special effects, but the work of both Gosling and Foy is equally as breathtaking. They are magnificent together.

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Credits

Cast

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Neil ArmstrongRyan Gosling
Janet ArmstrongClaire Foy
Deke SlaytonKyle Chandler
Edward Higgins WhiteJason Clarke (2)
Buzz AldrinCorey Stoll
Dave ScottChristopher Abbott
Elliot SeePatrick Fugit
Bob GilruthCiaran Hinds
Michael CollinsLukas Haas
Jim LovellPablo Schreiber
Gus GrissomShea Whigham
Pat WhiteOlivia Hamilton
Pete ConradEthan Embry
Roger ChaffeeCory Michael Smith

Crew

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DirectorDamien Chazelle

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2018-10-12
Language
English
Guidance
Swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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