First man (2018)

An interesting take on Neil Armstrong’s personal life and the challenges he faced makes for an interesting back drop of the technologically challenged 60s moon landing.

Conspiracy theories aside, the film explores Neil’s family life and his inability to communicate his feelings with his wife and family. Played brilliantly by Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy, it speaks volumes for the man sent into space and his mental strength despite what he had been through.

The 60s were a decade filled with many advances, a political climate that used Cold War, where NASA was at the forefront of achieving what no other space program had.

A creative balance is achieved as director Damien Chazelle captures the mundane, the despair, the wondrous, and the human elements in an unknown side of a historic story.

3/5

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