First Man (review)

First Man (review)
First Man (review)
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The opening sequence is an extended jet flight (with complications) from the cockpit POV.  This sets up the perilous, sometimes inept situations in NASA’s early space program…not all high tech and easy success. Ryan Gosling plays Neil Armstrong in this intimate look at the man, who was somewhat closed off (as was his wife, played by Claire Foy). Watching his career progress to the first moon landing is fascinating, but the noisy, claustrophobic, frantic missions go on too long and becomes more frustrating than tense. Director Damien Chazelle has instilled this version of space travel with his own closeup-crammed, warts-and-all portrait that’s absolutely absorbing, but lite on emotional heft and profound impact.


4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)


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