Movie Review: ‘First Man’

The space race and the resultant moon landing is a story that’s been told many times over. But, “First Man” isn’t so much the story of America beating the Soviets to the moon, as it is one man’s personal journey to get there. Starting in 1961 and carrying through to the Apollo mission in ‘69, director Damien Chazelle gives us a visually-stunning, emotional, not-quite biopic of American icon Neil Armstrong.

When we meet him, Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) is an “egghead” engineer whose distractions on the ground are keeping him from success in the skies. He has a series of near-fatal incidents culminating in a flight test in which he bounces off the earth’s atmosphere and has to pull some risky maneuvers to land safely. …

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