When the summer months come to an end, it's time to look forward to the fall film season and the inevitable Oscar boating in big studios. Director Damien Chazelle has been quite well known by the Academy with his acclaimed drama Whiplash and the film musical La La Land . He is collaborating again with actor Ryan Reynolds for the Neil Armstrong film First Man which will be released in October this year. First Man was just shown at the Venice Film Festival and allowed some movie studios to review the film. And overall, the reception seems to be very warm for both Chazelle and Gosling, possibly teasing another award-winning award season.
One of the biggest questions about First Man is how much of Neil Armstrong's current mission to the moon would be part of the narrative. Are we talking big space-action sequences or simple shots of Armstrong in the cockpit? It seems that according to THR the answer would be the first one. How the review raged,
The missions themselves are deftly settled standards, with tentative triumphs, often followed by potentially fatal mishaps that especially make Armstrong cool off in a crisis. The historic footnote of a deadly firepower that killed three astronauts during a Cape Canaveral test is a moving dramatic marker.
It looks like Neil Armstrong's career as an astronaut is exciting, complicated and even deadly. It's a notoriously dangerous job, and Armstrong's colleagues lost their lives as they tried to travel into space. This will cause First Man to give extremely high stakes, no doubt delivering exciting sequences. But not all of First Man 's early praise went to the spectacle of the project. In fact, Ryan Gosling's performance is also mentioned, in particular, how subtle is his characterization of Neil Armstrong. According to Independent.co, the actor is extremely understated
Gosling manages well. Reunited with La La Land director Damien Chazelle, he takes us through eight years of space travel, accidents and tragedy until the 1969 landing. The tension is constant and is not due to the usual utensils of space films, but often by Gosling's face tells. It is almost expressionless. Nearly. The slightest hint of trembling around his mouth or a sign of hope or fear in his piercing blue eyes convey much.
Variety's review also praised how First Man can bring the audience in. The POV of an astronaut, and how the film will become full of its opening scene:
In First Man limited Chazelle's action almost entirely to the astronauts themselves: the things they literally see and hear during their missions (the film avoids panoramic shots they are not privy to) along with what they think and feel. From the dizzying and volatile opening sequence in which Armstrong, as a test pilot in 1961, lifts an X-15 into the black clouds and races through the air to the point where he almost does not return (Mission Control: "Neil, you leap from the atmosphere from "), the film is bound to everything the men experience: the random shards of the sky that emerge from narrow windows, the hazy corners, the whole existential interior cockpit zoom – madness of everything.
Of course, it's not all praise for First Man . Although The Guardian rated it as positive overall, Damien Chazelle claimed that he could have narrowed down the story better, which would ultimately lead to a more powerful movie.
It is also a film that minimizes the patriotic fervor of the landing. Armstrong and his comrades are certainly haunted by the news of the first Soviet triumphs in the space race, but Chazelle abolishes the stars and stripes on the moon. And then, of course, there's this remarkable phrase that made this cautious, unpoetic man delight the world and astonish his comrades: "This is a small step for man, a great leap for humanity" (he did not mean "a man"). ) – Or is that what he said and what we misunderstood?) Once again, a slightly less awesome film would have shown Armstrong shyly sharpening this sentence, perhaps through paper and pencil designs. Not here. The mystery of his composition remains untouched.
Ultimately, we still have to wait a few months for moviegoers and the public to see First Man for themselves. Ryan Gosling's Neil Armstrong biopic will be released on October 12, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the cinema.