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First Man (2018)

Biography | 141 minutes
3,42 871 votes

Genre: Biography / Drama

Duration: 141 minuten

Country: United States / Japan

Directed by: Damien Chazelle

Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy and Jason Clarke

IMDb score: 7,3 (200.728)

Releasedate: 10 October 2018

First Man plot

"One giant leap into the unknown"

A look into the life of American astronaut Neil Armstrong and the legendary space mission that made him the first man to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969. We follow his journey leading up to this event that is arguably one of the most dangerous in history. history of space travel. This includes the sacrifices he and the country must make.

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avatar van Angel9999


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"First Man" is the biographical film about Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who was the first human to set foot on the moon.

You have to go to this movie with the right expectations. It's not "Apollo 13" with Tom Hanks. It's not "Gravity" with George Clooney. 2 films in which by chance(?) Ed Harris has a role in the so-called mission control.

Fortunately, it is also not a film full of patriotism. Occasionally there is a realistic representation of the time frame.

"First Man" is a fairly subdued movie. Not sober, but dosed and well timed. The focus is mainly on the run-up to the Apollo 11 project, the final mission to the moon with Neil Armstrong as anchor point. Ryan Gosling plays Neil Armstrong. And he does so truthfully. Neil Armstrong was not a showman, had no star appearances, but was driven in his work and, as the film portrays him, a sweet/gentle, but sometimes absent husband/father, who barely knows how to deal with marital emotions. It is clear to see that Ryan Gosling has immersed himself in the person of Neil Armstrong.

"First Man" has a good eye for detail. This way you can see the development in technology during the film. The spacesuits change with it, the space capsules change from iron can to 'spaceship'. The angle from which sometimes filming is/was the actual view of the astronauts.

All in all, 'First Man' is a film that works towards the climax in a nice, measured build-up. And that climax is very impressive. Spectacular and penetrating without aiming for spectacle. Closer to the moon, closer to Neil Armstrong, you can hardly get. And that is a big compliment to the director and the makers and certainly to Ryan Gosling.

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avatar van Leno


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The space program, NASA, the space race, technology, the unknown: all interesting and sufficient material for (numerous) films. Less interesting is the character Neil Armstrong. A boring jerk, bad father and annoying co-worker. Unfortunately, the film is all about him and his fixation on going to the moon. Now you also think during this film 'to the moon with that guy', but not necessarily a return ticket. For Armstrong 100 others who could have taken the first step on the moon. Unfortunately for Hollywood/the viewer, they had to make do with him.

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avatar van Lavrot


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My brother and I (me even less so) were three pegs when my father got us out of bed in the middle of the night. We slept in a bungalow tent on air mattresses in sleeping bags. Holiday somewhere in the Veluwe. It was very busy in the canteen of the camping site. Everything showed that something special was about to happen: men on the moon.

But who was that (first) man, Neil Armstrong? This film, First Man, provides an excellent insight into the life of this astronaut. We get to know him as a taciturn, introverted father, with… a heart of gold. Without delving deeply into psychology, I would venture to say that here and there he showed slightly autistic traits, which is by no means a disadvantage for carrying out complex protocols, but when it comes to feelings the outsider hits a wall. Even his own wife could barely get through to him. The predicate "peculiar" crosses my mind.

What I find especially excellent in this film are the fragments in which the silences are very emphatically revealed. How Neil in his deepest solitude leaves a memorial and especially that slow ending, in which his/her isolation is magnificently portrayed.

An ending that speaks volumes and continues to reverberate far beyond the credits.

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