Oscar Best Visual Effects
Golden Globe Best Score: Justin Hurwitz
Critics’ Choice Best Editing & Score: Tom Cross & Justin Hurwitz
Forget about the flag. Forget about the country. Forget about politics and patriotism and the like. This is a biopic about Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. This is about his life, his love, his family, his career and how it got him into that prestigious place in history.
What the movie does do is give you a hair-raising feeling of what it really felt like inside the space craft, where every hour was life-threatening and the outcome was always perilous.
First Man is an intimate and epic biopic fueled by strong performances from its cast, as well as masterful craftsmanship by Chazelle.
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 20 July 1969.
The film shows us that Neil is a man just like any other ordinary person, who went on to be the first person to set foot on another planet. That in and of itself is an achievement, and Damien Chazelle makes perfectly sure that we’re acquainted with every bit of emotion and character that Ryan Gosling has to pull from him before we get to the grand finale. The opening scene alone is very riveting. It grabs you by the horns and spins you around. The dynamics and editing of the space and NASA scenes, the tension built inside the capsule. All very well done.
USA 2018, 141 min, rated M (offensive language)
Directed by Damian Chazelle
Based on the book by James R. Hansen
Starring Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Jason Clarke & Lukas Haas