A look at the life of astronaut, Neil A. Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the moon. Based on the book, “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong”.
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Chazelle smartly avoided any type of artifice in the imagery as well as sentimentality in the drama. Hence, expect lucid space images and not fabricated spectacles, as well as emotions that feel humanely grounded and powerfully mature. “First Man” means a first-rate experience. (4.5 stars)
I can't decide whether the film reduces mankind's greatest achievement to a banality, or whether the blasé, matter-of-fact presentation was its entire raison d'etre, and a means of achieving total subjectivity to the Neil Armstrong character. While a technical marvel worth beholding on the big screen, I think Chazelle may have forgotten to entertain us along the way.
At first I was underwhelmed by the film upon exiting the theatre, thinking that that this was nowhere near the energetic, entertaining, joyful to watch LA LA LAND. But a week has passed and I am still can't get it's technical mastery, Gosling's subtle low-key performance, and its relatively quiet approach out of my head. And then it hit me: this is the N'golo Kante to LA LA LAND's Eden Hazard.
"First Man" has enough great scenes to make it a solid experience yet it's so unmoving that I felt like I just saw "Dunkirk" all over again. Damien Chazelle captures the fine details of space very well; love the lighting and the focus on eerie stillness. But it doesn't feel as exhilarating as it should, almost hollow in some stretches. Ryan Gosling has mastered the art of not emoting, but Claire Foy is great.
beautiful to look at, love the way all the scenes are lit! The scene with christopher abbott is honestly amazing, did not expect to like this film at all, a pleasant surprise. The weak attempt to address the socio-political issues was dissapointing though
More terrifying than some horror films I've seen. Gosling is pretty much being Gosling, so Foy eventually becomes the emotional ground of the film and steals every moment on-screen. Chazelle doesn't play (too much) the patriotic card, thank god. After all the fluff in "La La Land", this was a nice surprise: visually good, focused, sober, fast-paced and nicely written.
Though a commendable aesthetic achievement, FIRST MAN too often reduces itself to a psychological portrait; in those terms it remains facile and unimaginative. I admire its evocation of period. It goes way further than production design and art direction, capturing an almost immaterial Geist. It maintains a baseline strategy but in the end is noteworthy for strong sequences which seem intended to stand alone.