First Man

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  133 min.
In theatres: October 12, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 3.71
based on 56 votes and 21 reviews
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Cast: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Ciarán Hinds, Christopher Abbott, Patrick Fugit, Lukas Haas, Pablo Schreiber, Ethan Embry, Shea Whigham


The story of astronaut Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling), and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969.

Years before Apollo 11 first touched ground on the moon, superior engineer Neil Armstrong catches the attention of NASA, which is looking for pilots with excellent backgrounds in engineering. He’s recruited as an astronaut and moves his wife Jan (Claire Foy) and their family to Houston, where he embarks on his new career for his country.

The Cold War ignites a rivalry between the United States and Soviet Union, and a race ensues to see which country will be the first to send a man to the moon. America set its sights on achieving the lunar landing before the end of the decade and Armstrong is tasked with commanding the mission. However, this trip is not without its risks, and as the launch date looms closer, Armstrong must fight to ignore the catastrophic danger and growing doubts that surround this impossible goal.

Based on the 2005 book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen. Canadian Connection  Canadian Connection: Ryan Gosling was born and raised in London, Ontario

Director: Damien Chazelle
Studio: Universal Pictures
Producer(s): Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Damien Chazelle, Isaac Klausner
Screenplay: Josh Singer
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  • 5 stars "Good script. Important history. A number of hair-raising scenes. Captured my attention right to the end. In the book version, Norman Mailer says that the 20th century was about "the itch to accelerate, the metaphysical direction unknown." The Moon Landing represents the culmination of that "acceleration". The movie, by focusing on Neil's personal life and sorrow and giving a strong role to his wife, Jan, inadvertently shows us the way into the future, the "metaphysical direction" of the 21st century. We humans in the present are in the process of bringing feminine values back into balance with the masculine, both within ourselves and in the outer world. Today, boys are encouraged to express their feelings; girls are taught that their voices deserve to be heard; we are all learning that it is O.K.. to take time out to grieve, and so, the world keeps on evolving. 5 stars!"
  • 4 stars "I was minus five years old when the first moonlanding occurred. This movie made me feel as if I went back in time and celebrated it with the rest of the world."
  • 1 star "I was really looking forward to this but the film was lackluster in my opinion. More of a historical piece."