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First Man (2018)

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A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

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Damien Chazelle

Writers:

Josh Singer (screenplay by), James R. Hansen (based on the book by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Gosling ... Neil Armstrong
Claire Foy ... Janet Armstrong
Jason Clarke ... Ed White
Kyle Chandler ... Deke Slayton
Corey Stoll ... Buzz Aldrin
Patrick Fugit ... Elliott See
Christopher Abbott ... Dave Scott
Ciarán Hinds ... Bob Gilruth
Olivia Hamilton ... Pat White
Pablo Schreiber ... Jim Lovell
Shea Whigham ... Gus Grissom
Lukas Haas ... Mike Collins
Ethan Embry ... Pete Conrad
Brian d'Arcy James ... Joe Walker
Cory Michael Smith ... Roger Chaffee
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A Biopic on the life of the legendary American Astronaut Neil Armstrong from 1961-1969, on his journey to becoming the first human to walk the moon. Exploring the sacrifices and costs on the Nation and Neil himself, during one of the most dangerous missions in the history of space travel. Written by Matthew Villella

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One giant leap into the unknown. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some thematic content involving peril, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2018 (USA) See more »

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First Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,006,065, 14 October 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,318,735, 15 October 2018
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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First Man brings together several Academy Award winners: director Damien Chazelle, screenwriter Josh Singer (Spotlight), director of photography Linus Sandgren (La La Land), editor Tom Cross (Whiplash), composer Justin Hurwitz (La La Land ) and producer Steven Spielberg. See more »

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In the last meal before the Apollo 11 crew heads into space, Neil Armstrong is shown eating but using the European style, which is used in Europe and practically everywhere else in which the fork is held in the left hand and brought up to the mouth tines down. Americans, by contrast, switch their fork from their left hand to the right and brought to the mouth with tines pointing up. Ryan Gosling, who plays Armstrong, is Canadian but didn't fully adopt American ways for the movie. See more »

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Neil Armstrong: That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
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HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS (RIGHT DOWN SANTA CLAUSE LANE)
Written by Gene Autry, Oakley Haldeman (as Oakley Haideman)
Performed by Gene Autry
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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A beautifully told and respectable portrait of the famous astronaut's life and the significance of his contribution to human history
11 October 2018 | by MrDHWongSee all my reviews

First Man is a historical biographical drama film based on the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong, directed by Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land). Starring Ryan Gosling in the lead role, it paints a beautifully told and respectable portrait of the famous astronaut's life and the significance of his contribution to human history.

In the 1960s, the space race between the USA and the USSR is at its peak, with the latter having a clear lead over the former. In attempt to outdo the Soviets, the United States plans a manned mission to the moon, with astronaut Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) being the first to set foot on the lunar surface. Despite the deep personal losses he has endured throughout his training and in his home life, Armstrong agrees to the mission, knowing full well that he may not come back alive.

Superbly directed and acted, the film is less a story about the space race itself and more about the struggles and perseverance of titular first man. Ryan Gosling gives what could very well be the performance of his career. His nuanced depiction of Neil Armstrong shows the audience how much the astronaut has to lose if he does not survive such a monumental journey. Claire Foy is also worth noting as Armstrong's first wife Janet. Her concern and worry for her husband's safe return from the moon were brilliantly represented during the film's more emotional scenes. Director Damien Chazelle demonstrates his talent for creative cinematography, showing the vastness of space and how small and insignificant Earth is in comparison. Films like this truly emphasise how much mankind has accomplished in the short amount of time we have existed and further highlight how much more is needed to be done.

I rate it a solid 9/10


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