First Man: It’s a Wow from Me

Emma Coons, Astronaut

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This movie absolutely blew me out of the water. I knew Damien Chazelle would impress me with this his new endeavor, but the technical yet emotional rollercoaster that is First Man will put everyone on the edge of their seats.
Chazelle manages to both pull from his emotionally intense background in Whiplash, but also his emotionally romantic (surprisingly) background in La La Land in this movie. His use of extreme close ups on Armstrong throughout the film intensify the audience’s understanding of what Armstrong is truly feeling in his intense moments of grief and struggle. The audience also feels deeply included in the moments of romance between Neil and Janet, which makes it even more heartbreaking when their romance struggles. Of course Chazelle threw in his signature whip pan several times, most prominently when Janet gets upset with Neil as he is packing to leave for the moon. Chazelle manages to make the movie feel like a documentary on Armstrong, even one made in his time.
I would encourage anyone, especially anyone at all interested in space and/or space history, to check this movie out. You will not regret it.

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