T.K. vs Kathy’s view of FIRST MAN – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs. 21 mins. 

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FIRST MAN  – Rated PG-13  – 2 hr. 21 mins

Director by:  Damien Chazelle

Cast:  Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Pablo Schreiber, Corey Stoll, Ciaran Hinds, Ethan Embry, Shea Whigham, Lukas Haas, Patrick Fugit

This biopic follows the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong and the events leading up to him becoming the first man to walk on the Moon.

ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN AND NO SPOILERS BELOW

WARNING: The following segment contains the words, “SEE FIRST MAN IN iMAX” sporadically throughout the reading.  DO NOT be alarmed, but DO follow it’s instructions. Thank you for your time and you can now proceed to the article below.

When I think of an astronaut film or an “outer space” film that is based on actual events my go to movie has always been APOLLO 13.  Well…now APOLLO 13 has to share the spotlight with another film and that film is FIRST MAN. SEE FIRST MAN IN iMAX. I was hooked from the very beginning of this film because it put the audience inside the eyes of not only Neil Armstrong, but the cockpit of whatever he was sitting in.  Most astronaut films show you what is happening outside the spacecraft or launchpad by using a camera wide shot of the entire scene, but FIRST MAN bypasses this technique and creates something even more special. SEE FIRST MAN IN iMAX. It shows you a first person perspective of the cockpit that the actor is in.  When the action happens, instead of jumping outside and giving you the answer to what is going on, the audience is experiencing the same issue that the astronaut is facing in real time. With every single moment that passes inside these completely true situations, the audience can now feel the tense pressure, the deafening sound, the constant movement, and the raw emotion of what could be someone’s last decision.  It is an experience that…if you let it…can be one of a kind. SEE FIRST MAN IN iMAX. July 20th, 1969 is the date in history that humankind marked as showing anything is possible. This movie not only glorifies this moment, but it also shows us how Neil Armstrong deserved to be the first man to walk on the Moon. SEE FIRST MAN IN iMAX. FIRST MAN is the third film directed by Damien Chazelle and he did not disappoint me.  His resume just keeps getting stronger and stronger with directing such films as WHIPLASH and LA LA LAND. I now consider him to be one of the best directors working today and I am definitely looking forward to his next project. SEE FIRST MAN IN iMAX. Ryan Gosling plays Neil Armstrong and does an amazing job as always. Gosling is one of my favorite actors working today and continues to pump out outstanding performances one after the other.  Go see FIRST MAN in theaters it’s well worth your time and money. And…maybe go see it in iMAX…I hear it might be better. LMAO. Until next time, thanks for reading.

P.S. – There is no post credit scene because this isn’t a comic book movie.  LOL

FIRST MAN – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs. 21 mins. 

DIRECTOR:  Damien Chazelle (WHIPLASH, La La LAND) 

WRITER:  Based on the book FIRST MAN:  THE LIFE OF NEIL A. ARMSTRONG by James R. Hansen

                    Screenplay by Josh Singer 

STARRING:  Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Pablo Schreiber and Christopher Abbott

As we meet young Pilot and family man Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling), he is hoping to be accepted into the Aerospace program at NASA, although at present, most of his purpose and energy in life is laser-focused on his young daughter Karen (Lucy Stafford), who is dying of a brain tumor…

When Karen tragically passes away in 1962, Armstrong is hell bent on not only making it into the Space Program, but making sure that his is one of the few Astronauts in training, that will solidify the US surpassing Russia’s efforts to put the first man on the moon…

As Neil’s wife Janet (Claire Foy), and Sons Rick (Gavin Warren/ Luke Winters) and Mark (Connor Blodgett) try to find a way to get any attention they can from their stoic husband/father, it seems that Neil’s tunnel vision on becoming the first man to touch the moon’s surface, is unrelenting, thus leaving him untouchable, even by his family, or his friends…

I GIVE FIRST MAN a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD:  Chazelle managed to create a very visual, riveting and  volatile film for All Mankind, that takes you deep into the personal turmoil, yet gratifying life of Astronaut extraordinaire Neil Armstrong.  Gosling does a superb job of conveying Armstrong’s personal journey, as he takes us through the many pitfalls, and thrills, that this TRUE AMERICAN HERO lived throughout his lifetime.  Foy is also very good as Armstrong’s wife Janet, showing us the sacrifices and joys she too got to experience, as the wife of the world’s most famous Astronaut.  Add in the rousing performances by both Stoll as Astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Clarke as Astronaut Edward Higgins White, and you have one very captivating and exhilarating film – that will not only touch you emotionally, but might make you queasy along the way too, as some of the scenes throughout this film take you literally into every aspect of NASA Training and Space Travel, so if you get motion sickness easily, you might want to wait and catch FIRST MAN on the small screen, allowing for a much more subdued viewing opportunity, as some of the special effects that you are going to experience on the big screen will engross all of your senses, including nausea…so consider yourself WARNED 😉

Kathy Kaiser