Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | First Man is a first-rate movie about America’s most revered astronaut

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Neil the nice —

These are qualities I would want in the first human to walk on another world.


  • Ryan Gosling, as Neil Armstrong, on the surface of the Moon.


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  • A view of Armstrong in the Gemini spacecraft, one of the best scenes in the film.


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  • Armstrong and his wife Janet (Claire Foy) having a sweet moment at home.


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  • Deke Slayton (Kyle Chandler) plays a significant role in the movie as the chief of the astronaut office.


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  • Janet Armstrong, anxious during the Gemini 8 mission.


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  • A scene in which Armstrong narrowly escapes death aboard the Lunar Landing Training Vehicle is quite dramatic.


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  • Corey Stoll, center, does a great turn as Buzz Aldrin.


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  • A happy Janet Armstrong after the Apollo 11 mission.


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  • One of the most tense scenes is when Janet sits her husband down and forces him to tell the kids he might not be coming back.


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  • Janet is pretty pissed at Deke Slayton during Gemini 8.


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  • Ciaran Hinds plays Bob Gilruth, and here he’s telling Armstrong not to sweat it after Gemini 8. Hinds did a great job as Gilruth, but doesn’t really resemble him at all.


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  • Getting suited up for Apollo 11. Those eyebrows.


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First things first: If you’re interested in space, don’t hesitate before seeing the new movie about Neil Armstrong’s life, First Man. I’m passionate about space history, NASA, commercial space, and the whole enterprise of trying to push things and people off this planet and deeper into space. And I absolutely loved this movie. It opens Friday across the United States.

This is a movie of two parts. The first storyline pertains to Armstrong and his family life, his relationship with his wife Janet, a daughter named Karen who died young, and his two boys, Rick and Mark. This part of the film is often a bit melancholy, as Armstrong struggles with Karen’s death and how to communicate the risks of his profession with his family. The humanity of these scenes will appeal to some, but not others seeking a purely action movie. I found the scenes between Ryan Gosling, who does a fine job as Armstrong, and Claire Foy as his wife, to be compelling.

The second part of the movie should appeal to almost everyone. There are some stunning action scenes in the movie that bring to life some of the most dynamic moments in Armstrong’s life most of us have only read about: his career as an X-15 pilot, his near-fatal Gemini 8 spaceflight, and, of course, the Apollo 11 lunar landing. In putting these moments on a big screen, and making a concerted effort to relate them faithfully, First Man feels like a grand gift to space fans.

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