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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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Credited cast:
Claire Foy ... Janet Armstrong
Ryan Gosling ... Neil Armstrong
Jason Clarke ... Edward Higgins White
Pablo Schreiber ... Jim Lovell
Ethan Embry ... Pete Conrad
Kyle Chandler ... Deke Slayton
Corey Stoll ... Buzz Aldrin
Christopher Abbott ... Dave Scott
Olivia Hamilton ... Pat White
Ciarán Hinds ... Robert Gilruth
Lukas Haas ... Mike Collins
Shea Whigham ... Gus Grissom
Patrick Fugit ... Elliott See
Cory Michael Smith ... Roger Chaffee
Brady Smith ... Butch Butchart
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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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Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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All of the residential scenes were filmed in the "Saddle Creek" neighborhood in Roswell, Georgia, USA. Neil Armstrong's house was built on a vacant lot in the subdivision, which was surrounded by 1960's/1970's era homes. See more »

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During the LTV simulation, the "Lunar Module" is seen plummeting straight to the ground while exploding in mid-air but with Neil ejecting himself just in time. Although Neil did eject himself before the explosion, the LTV explosion was a little different. In the footage from 1968, unlike the movie, the LTV is seen coming to the ground. Then, it starts to climb up and almost reach 90 degrees before exploding. See more »

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Janet Armstrong: What are the chances you're not coming back? Those kids, they don't have a father anymore! So you're gonna sit the boys down, and prepare them for the fact that you might never come home!
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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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From Utterly Terrifying Spaceflight To Raw Emotional Gut-Punch, First Man is Setllar
28 September 2018 | by BlurayAddictAUSee all my reviews

First Man, directed by Damien Chazelle cold opens with that I could only describe as an absolutely terrifying look at what it was like to be a test pilot in the 60's, you hear every little nut and bolt warping and you feel every massive unnerving vibration for what felt like an eternity. This set the tone for the rest of the film and signalled that we were in for one hell of a ride.

And yet First Man is not just a bunch of planes and rockets flying around, in fact the entire Film is mostly more focused on Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) and how all of these event leading up to the Moon Landing affected him, specifically his mental state. This is where the film absolutely excels, by chronicling his journey from test pilot all the way to Apollo, losing friends along the way.

Gosling and Claire Foy push out really stellar performances here, the relationship between the two seems very very plausible and there is a lot of very emotionally charged scenes between them throughout. The supporting cast is packed to the brim with recognisable faces too, a standout for me was Jason Clarke's performance as Ed White, the first American to EVA in space who at first I thought I really wasn't going to like the character but by the mid-point of the film I was sold.

One of the qualities of First Man that I noticed almost instantly was the very unique Cinematography which most of the time uses handheld medium to long telephoto shots creating a very intimate and raw look to the images on screen. The other main quality visually is the fact that most of the film was shot with 2-perf Techniscope film which gives a very organic vintage look, usually i'd take issue with a lower resolution stock for a film like this but here it really fits in with the overall aesthetics.

In First Man we do get some really ridiculously stellar space sequences, the way these are edited and shot create almost pure dread, in fact the only time I have felt this on edge was when I saw Gravity for the first time, it is that bloody good. Production design is fantastic and of course when we get to the Apollo sequence the images on the screen are graceful and an utterly mesmerising experience.

From impeccably shot terrifying spaceflight to absolute gut wrenching heartbreak, First Man is something to be seen on the biggest screen possible with the loudest sound. I highly recommend this film and the moment this comes out in UltraHD you can be sure I'll be there Day 1.

Thanks to Universal Pictures Australia for the invite to the Premiere.


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