‘First Man’ and ‘The First’: Why Two Stellar Space Stories Crashed and Burned

‘First Man’ and ‘The First’: Why Two Stellar Space Stories Crashed and Burned
Like a dying star in the night sky, the last glimmer of hope for two epic space stories vanished into nothingness last week. “First Man,” Universal’s highly touted Neil Armstrong biopic, earned zero SAG Award nominations and barely cracked the stratosphere at the Golden Globes. Meanwhile, Sean Penn’s long forgotten Hulu drama “The First” was blanked by both awards shows.

Each prestige picture tells the story of interstellar pioneers. Each earned high marks from critics, and both “Firsts” had ambitious aims for commercial and awards success. What, exactly, went wrong for both properties may be distinct to their mediums: “First Man” tried a wide release right out of the bat, despite a difficult central theme, and “The First” debuted on a streaming service that’s seen inconsistent impact on the culture at large.

But the most damning reason that each fell short is the same: Audiences were misled,
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