My Review For ‘First Man’

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First Man is the newest film direct by Damien Chazelle, who previously directed the academy nominated Whiplash, and almost academy award-winning La La Land.  It tells real story of Neil Armstrong’s eight years leading up to the moon landing in 1969 – Armstrong being portrayed by two-time academy nominated actor, Ryan Gosling.  The film is based on the book of the same name, written by historian James R. Hansen.

Based on the description of this movie your not wrong in assuming that this film is reaching its hands out to grab as many Oscars as it can in the upcoming Academy Awards.  The movie is chalk full of scenes between Armstrong’s wife and kids that are meant to elicit all feels – something the academy will no doubt eat up, and something the audiences would eat up if the movie wasn’t so boring!

At a runtime of two hours and twenty minutes, I felt every passing moment.  I went into the movie knowing that this was all about the human element of space travel.  It is not about the mission itself, it is about the human element of the missions leading up to the famous Apollo 11 moon landing – something that should have worked.  However, the problem is that Gosling’s portrayal of Armstrong is very one note.  He is a calculating and gloomy character to a fault.  Continue reading “My Review For ‘First Man’”