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First Man
Damien Chazelle Verenigde Staten, 2018
His [Chazelle’s] take on Neil Armstrong’s voyage was never going to be a middle-of-the-road affair: Instead he crafted a masterfully staged re-creation of the space program with utterly compelling physical detail and layers of cinematic immersion that command credence and ensure that the radical and intensively subjective nature of Chazelle’s point-of-view comes as a gradually unveiled shock.
December 13, 2018
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Ryan Gosling’s Armstrong may be frustratingly taciturn, and he may hold the center of the film as an indomitable genius of engineering and piloting savvy. But First Man isn’t a naked ode to that genius; it’s a fascinating study of the costs.
December 05, 2018
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Armstrong’s historic achievement, too, is reductively articulated in terms of a significant personal event and reckoning, limited, like the field of vision aboard a spacecraft, to a single potent explanation.
October 30, 2018
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Is it the implied male hero-worship that rankles my ear? The notion that being first and being a man are irrevocably bound? The Adamic association? The implication that men were not men before men were in space? The echo of manifest destiny?
October 20, 2018
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The film’s greatest shortcoming is that Armstrong never emerges as a compelling figure. Like all of Chazelle’s protagonists to date, he’s smart, ambitious, and emotionally dull—the only thing that seems to stand in the way of his being a perfect person is his repressive nature, but even this doesn’t register as much of a hurdle.
October 18, 2018
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It’s not a film about victory — Pyrrhic or any other kind. This non-celebratory “history” is as disaffected as Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and similarly misuses the towering IMAX screen to be unimpressive. When Chazelle finally reveals the lunar surface, the landscape is not eerily still, but banal: The screen’s breadth portrays anonymity or claustrophobia inside the space capsule.
October 12, 2018
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It is hard to tell if First Man is nostalgic for this kind of family life, criticizing it, or simply noting it. The film is severe and de-dramatized.
October 12, 2018
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If you want to get an almost first-person sense of what it felt like to fly in one of the earliest supersonic planes or ride a rocket into orbit and beyond, “First Man” is the movie to see. . . . It makes the experience seem more wild and scary than grand, like being in the cab of a runaway truck as it smashes through a guardrail and tumbles down the side of a mountain.
October 11, 2018
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Chazelle and Singer have created a grueling, prosaic, state-of-the-art docudrama (no imagination allowed) with the heart of a male weepie. And Gosling has responded with a virtuosic display of sensitive-guy emotions, so even when he’s infuriatingly recessive with his wife Janet (Claire Foy) . . . we’re encouraged to feel as if no one could be suffering more nobly.
October 11, 2018
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First Man’s script was adapted from Hansen’s biography by Josh Singer, who also had a hand in the screenplays of both Spotlight and The Post. Those talky, well-populated films felt embedded in their historical moment in a way the much more intimate and sparsely written First Man doesn’t. Though it takes place in between 1961 and 1969, the social upheaval of those years is almost invisible from the screen.
October 11, 2018
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It gets almost everything right, but it’s also strangely underwhelming. It reminds you of an extraordinary feat and acquaints you with an interesting, enigmatic man. But there is a further leap beyond technical accomplishment — into meaning, history, metaphysics or the wilder zones of the imagination — that the film is too careful, too earthbound, to attempt.
October 10, 2018
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“First Man” is worthy of enduring as a right-wing fetish object. It is a film of deluded, cultish longing for an earlier era of American life, one defined not by conservative politics but, rather, by a narrow and regressive emotional perspective that shapes and distorts the substance of the film.
October 10, 2018
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Why would Chazelle try to smother the only sign of interiority from this crew? Just as he does away with any sustained feminist critique of the material by having Janet throw a tantrum to little effect, Chazelle offers lip service to the controversies of machismo and wasted taxpayers’ money that have historically been thrown against the space program.
September 14, 2018
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Armstrong’s trip becomes a means for emotional emancipation, a backdrop for an intimate, universal story about dealing with trauma.
September 03, 2018
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A promisingly roughed-up exercise in withholding the glory of a glorious achievement, that’s turned tepid by its predestined sad-astronaut trajectory and Ryan Gosling’s shallow emotional lexicon.
September 03, 2018
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From its very opening frames First Man has a galvanizing immediacy. Chazelle has given up the smooth, locked-down camera technique of La La Land in favor of a looser handheld approach that recalls Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench.
August 30, 2018
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It’s a testament to the effectiveness of Damien Chazelle’s astonishing new film First Man that, by the time we get to the Moon shot in the final act, we’re as tense as Mission Control, helplessly watching, as controls are toggled, alarms sound and the lunar surface rushes beneath the decidedly rickety-looking landing vehicle.
August 29, 2018
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This is a respectful movie, even a genuflecting one; there’s never a moment when Chazelle fails to let you know he’s doing important, valuable work. But that’s the problem: The movie feels too fussed-over for such a low-key hero.
August 29, 2018
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