There is no doubt that one of the greatest achievements of humanity was setting foot on the moon. The space race blasted it's way out of the World Wars and became a statement of technological advancement between America and Russia during the cold war, with each pushing to be the best – sometimes with drastic consequences.
The incredibly brave men (astronauts) who strapped themselves into this huge volatile missiles to hurtle themselves into space were real life living heroes. They become a true embodiment of this period in history. The most famous astronaut of all time would be Neil Armstrong. He was the First Man to set foot on the Moon achieving the unbelievable and famously calmly saying “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” as he set foot on the surface.
This instantly set its place as one of the most famous quotes in History but also displayed the measure of the man who achieved this huge triumph.
First Man the movie is based on the book First Man: The Life of Neil Armstrong, the official biography of Neil Armstrong released in 2005. This is an epic story about an epic person involved in truly epic events. So with content like this, you would expect a truly epic movie too. Now looking at the trailers released so far this movie does not look like it will disappoint. Visually it looks more like the raw style of the 1983 movie ‘The Right Stuff' rather than Ron Howard's Apollo 13 and appears to hold nothing back at all in the humanistic side of this story.
Damien Chazelle, who also created Whiplash (review here), is the director, with Steven Spielberg as Executive Producer. Ryan Gosling stars as Neil Armstrong. The last time Chazelle and Gosling worked together (La La Land) they came away with six academy awards and this looks like they are setting their sights on a huge pile of awards with this film too. Claire Foy from the Crown is playing Armstrong's wife Jan and looks to be up for an award for this role too. In fact, the whole supporting cast looks fantastic and with the movie score supplied by Justin Hurwitz, this film looks like it will make history on its own right.
First Man hits the Cinema on 12th October 2018 – I know I can not wait to see it on the big screen.