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Damien Chazelle Verenigde Staten, 2018

Duncan Gray's rating of the film First Man

Some of the best craft of the year, and it deserves credit for finding fresh eyes for claustrophobic space travel and extra-terrestrial surfaces. The drawback is that the story itself has a somewhat mathematical calculation—X plus Y equals emotional stakes—and the result isn't insincere but strangely detached. Much like its hero, in fact. But that the ending rhapsody of human achievement takes it as far as it can go.