FIRST MAN Movie Review : Damien Chazelle takes a giant leap

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Bending and blending his filmmaking arc right up to the moon, WHIPLASH and LA LA LAND fame director Damien Chazelle takes a giant leap in telling the amazing story of Neil Armstrong on screen with such immaculate detailing and panache that is breathtaking and moment of proud.

From the terrifying experience of Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) body squeezed in the claustrophobic compartment of a Gemini space capsule, to the explosive opening sequence, to his personal trauma, the movie adheres to every level of experience the legend has gone through.

The film follows the life of Armstrong from 1961 to the Apollo 11 Moon mission in 1969. This story of a man who found life away from earth has such priceless moments that the ‘gravity’ can be felt even if we watch this on moon. Ryan Gosling is stellar as Armstrong while Claire Foy is amazing as the wife and mother suffering from the loss of a child.

From rockets, space machines, FIRST MAN depicts the harrowing scenes of space flight for the first timer. In a unique experience, the space scenes shot from within the crafts, with these brave men are incredible while the earthbound scenes give that nostalgic feeling. There is a political kick as well as the American triumph after series of jolts by Russia in the space arena is celebrated in that famous John F Kennedy speech which is included smartly.

 FIRST MAN is an experience that needs to be experienced on the big screen, words may not do justice to this solid contender for the top Oscars this year. Whether it’s the human emotions or just those enclosed spaces, the movie leaves an impact in every frame.

Yes its history and we know the outcome but still the anxiety, thrill is at its peak, Justin Hurwitz soundtrack gives power to this electrifying piece of cinema that continuously pumps our heartbeat either by tension or emotion. A masterpiece that needs to be experienced on big screen, much better in Imax, APOLLO 13 no need to cry your big brother is here now.. what else can you say for a movie which has the magic to share the same experience experienced by Armstrong. This is a giant leap in movies indeed.

Rating 4/5

Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Ryan Gosling
  • Actress: Claire Foy
  • Director: Damien Chazelle
  • Producer: Wyck Godfrey
  • Release Date : 12 Oct 2018
  • Movie Duration : 2 hrs 23 minutes