The true story of astronaut Neil Armstrong, who was chosen to
lead the ambitious Apollo 11 mission to the Moon in 1969.
First Man (2018)
Directed by Damien Chazelle
Written by Josh Singer
Starring Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Ciarán Hinds, Patrick Fugit, Shea Whigham,
Olivia Hamilton, Lukas Haas, Christopher Abbott
Based on the book by James R. Hansen
The first manned mission to the Moon in July 1969 is the most ambitious, impossible, and miraculous feat that mankind has ever accomplished. At the center of that mission was Neil Armstrong, a household name across the world. He was the first man to set foot on the Moon and was the commander of a mission that by all accounts never should've worked. First Man takes a look at the humble, reserved astronaut who never saw himself as a hero. In this film, we get a glimpse of his life and how the loss of his daughter molded him into the man who helped change the way we see the cosmos.
Ryan Gosling delivers one of the finest performances of his career as Neil Armstrong. He plays him with a quiet dignity that doesn't go unnoticed. He was a strong man who did what he believed was the best for his family and his country, yet he never trivialized his role as a forger of mankind's future. Alongside Gosling are a host of notable character actors like Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, and Corey Stoll, all of whom round out a solid cast.
First Man does so much with ambient noise and beautifully captures the vast emptiness and solitude of space, particularly in the intense, humbling third act. After three amazing films, Damien Chazelle continues to prove he is the ultimate rising talent in Hollywood. He brings gravitas and humanity to one of history's most recognizable and influential figures, and delivers an entertaining biopic in the process.