Damien Chazelle's "First Man" began on 29 August with the Venice Film Festival, and it was not long before one aspect of the film caused a backlash. The Space Drama plays Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong and tracks the astronaut's obsessive mission to become the first human on the lunar surface. Some critics noted the fact that "First Man" omits the iconic image of Armstrong planting an American flag on the lunar surface, which, according to The Telegraph, "argues that the giant leap for humanity should not be considered as an example American Size. "
Gosling was in the lead during the film's press conference in Venice, saying that Chazelle's decision to plant the American flag was both a conscious decision and an important decision in the film to address Armstrong's subjectivity. The actor, who previously collaborated with Chazelle on "La La Land," welcomed Armstrong's moon landing not just as an American victory, but as "transcending lands and borders."
"I think this was ultimately considered a human achievement [and] so we decided to see it," Gosling said. "I also think that Neil was very humble, how many of these astronauts, and again and again he has shifted the focus from himself to the 400,000 people who made the mission possible."
"He reminded everyone that he was just the tip of the iceberg ̵
"First Man "was highly praised by film critics because they told the story of Apollo 11 from the perspective of astronauts. Gosling further argues that the American flag should no longer be planted. The film is less about the details of the specific scientific and historical details of the moon landing and more about the emotional and physical experience of the astronauts, who had to risk their lives to get to the moon.
Planting the flag in 1969 proved controversial, as there were disagreements over whether the US flag or the flag of the United Nations should be used. Armstrong himself had no preference and only used the American flag when it was decided by Congress. As Gosling noted, the film's decision to leave the flag out is not a political decision, but an artistic one to focus the film entirely on Armstrong's perspective.
First Man opens nationwide on October 12 by Universal Pictures.