First Man

First Man

DVD - 2019
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The riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong's perspective, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the triumphs and the cost, on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself; of one of the most dangerous missions in history.


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This recent feature film focuses on Neil Armstrong and the 10 years leading up to the Apollo 11 mission. Starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy.

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A look at the life of Neil Armstrong and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon in July 1969. Starring Ryan Godling, Claire Foy, and Jason Clarke.

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Jul 13, 2019

this would have been a marvelous movie had it been edited down about 25 minutes. The sets and effects were really spectacular. However, there was too much detail in the scientific aspects of this movie which slowed it down and detracted from the essence of the story.

Jul 12, 2019

Wonderful movie about Neil Armstrong, his family life, looks to have been pretty wonderful dad, the loss of his daughter at 2. Well acted, and well done. Background bonus features are worth watching. Having grown up during this time, I remember John Glenn's first mission, sitting around the TV watching the liftoff. Did the same for Apollo 11, watched the moon landing. Knowing it all ends well, still brought chills to me.

Jul 08, 2019

First Man chooses to be the first to do the thing as hard and epic as its subject: to give an in-depth bio pic to Neil Armstrong. This is a man known by just about everyone, and yet there are so many amazing things about him that probably aren't known by many. He piloted strange and insanely dangerous test planes, he cheated death by fractions of seconds on the regular, he dealt with the loss of a child. Even his previous space mission of Gemini itself would make an incredible heroic feat, but even as a fan I had no idea how scary that was. All of these things are covered excellently in this movie, which dares to spend around 100 minutes of its runtime before even launching for the moon, and is all the better for it. The sequences involving the X-15, the Gemini 8 mission,the lunar test lander, and all the training at NASA are spot-on and awesome.
I'm a bit obsessed with anything Neil Armstrong as I think he may be one of the bravest and most amazing (badass) men in history, but now, years after his passing he receives another great honor: to be played by Ryan Gosling in a movie. (Sarcasm) From the moment I heard of his casting I was apprehensive, since I just don't think he looks like Neil, and he doesn't really overcome that preconception. I think Gosling is a good actor for what he does, but he seems to always play the moody, deep quiet guy. I know Neil was famously reserved, but I got tired of Gosling playing this incredible person by always looking down hangdog-like, glum. Dude you landed on the Moon! Neil smiled, I know he did! His wife did not help, she berates him for much of the movie for his lack of emotion and **Spoiler** when he comes back safely, she appears angry and offended at him more than excited that he is safe and sound and has gone down in history. This would be understandable if he was staying late at the office constantly to meet some insurance sales quota, but in this case give him a break!

Melodramatic personal life acting choices aside, this movie is incredible, overdue, well done and well deserved. The mission sequences alone must be seen by literally everyone. This all happened and don't forget it. There is plenty of stuff here that is as thrilling and previously unknown as any 1202 alarm! ;)

Jul 08, 2019

Not worth watching, we all agreed. And we like space stuff and science fiction a lot. Check out Anthony Lane's review in the New Yorker. Wish I'd read that before wasting 2 hours on it.

Jul 03, 2019

This film made me wonder if NASA really did land on the moon with such antiquated equipment? I know, I've heard all the conspiracy theories, but after watching this, the technology they had available in the 60s doesn't seem to add up. Just an observation. The film is well acted, and if you like close-ups, this has plenty of close-ups, makeup!!!!!

Jul 01, 2019

This was SO good ...there was information about Neil Armstrong that reveals why he was the chosen one to step onto the moon first. Also there is information about their family life that was not made public. Interestingly, last night there was a PBS show about Neil Armstrong, and they also showed all the information in this movie. Well done! Much more info on the entire space plans really. I didn't remember all those who lost their lives either.

Jun 24, 2019

Way too long.... terrible movie...couldn't even watch till the end. Don't waste your time !!

Jun 21, 2019

this film was OK. Not great. Good acting but really slow.

Jun 15, 2019

Interesting how few people liked this move on this site....I loved it, played the exciting last segment over, the landing on the moon, very realistic and quite moving....the opening sequence as well, in the X15, the rather primitive - by today's standards - vehicle that tested the technology for space travel first developed in the get ready for the moon flight, Armstrong went into "the zone" (total focus), and the movie documents some of the effects of this rather radical change in his personality, on his family and his personal life....he and his wife suffer a serious loss as well, and the movie shows how he deals with it, very moving indeed....won't give away the ending, but it is very well played by the cast, and Ryan Gosling especially did a great job....maybe the difference in my enjoyment of the movie is that it brought back memories for me of the space race with the Russians, and the politics behind the amazing achievements of the NASA space program....

Jun 13, 2019

3 star Not bad. Special effects very real. It was like you the viewer was on this trip to the moon.

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Feb 11, 2019

IMDb posted the best ones though there's more, many technical though. These ones are interesting as well:

I barely lasted two minutes in that ice bath. Of course, I suppose
NASA's more interested in the psychological reaction.
-Well, I think I made it pretty clear that I thought it was cold.
As you know, our decision to forego direct ascent in favor of a lunar orbit
rendezvous approach to the eventual Moon mission has had a major impact
on Gemini. Do you have any thoughts on that decision?
-Well, even considering von Braun's initial criticism, it seems that the payload saved by parking the primary vehicle in orbit and sending a smaller ship
down to the lunar surface is well worth the resulting challenges.
What do you see as the challenges?
-Cislunar navigation, for one. And rendezvous and docking.
Mrs. Armstrong! Have all your prayers been answered?
-Yes, yes, they have.
How would you describe the flight?
-Well, uh, I can only say it was outta this world.


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