The United States won the “space race” against the Soviets on July 20, 1969. This long, dedicated pursuit and historic flight to space–through the lens of Neil Armstrong–is the focus of the film ‘First Man.’
Seems straightforward, right?
And yet there has been controversy recently surrounding the forthcoming film ‘First Man’ because there isn’t a scene that depicts the American flag literally being planted on the moon. While I will withhold final judgment until after seeing this movie, it seems like a bad call by a director–Damien Chazelle–who has made so many right calls in his young, burgeoning filmmaking career.
Without getting into the weeds here, the moon landing was an American achievement that inspired this country and the world.
That’s just reality.
Another reality is that the third trailer for ‘First Man’ is the best one yet.
Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, but he did so with the help and support of an entire nation back on earth.
That fact can’t be omitted from history.
‘First Man’ will not have a surprise ending–though conspiracy theorists may buy tickets just in case–yet the forthcoming film starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy looks every bit as engaging as the real events involving America’s successful landing on the moon back on July 20, 1969.
In preparation for the launch of the Damien Chazelle-directed movie that opens in theaters on October 12 (including IMAX), Universal Pictures premiered the second official trailer for ‘First Man’ today.
Seeing ‘First Man’ on the biggest screen possible will serve as a great reminder of what that risky, inspirational mission represented for our world nearly 50 years ago.
The cinematic jazz duo of ‘La La Land’ actor Ryan Gosling with writer and director Damien Chazelle are back with a story–known and unknown–that changed the way we view our planet relative to the infinite, mysterious space around it.
Neil Armstrong is the focus. 1961-1969 are the years. And the moment was historic.
Now for the first poster.
Now the first trailer just released online.
We’ll just have to wait and see if ‘First Man’ has the right stuff to live up to the legacy of NASA and Neil Armstrong, its fearless leader.