First Man

First Man

First Man

Ryan Gosling is Neil Armstrong in this biopic written by Josh Singer (Spotlight) and directed by Damien Chazelle (La La Land), both Oscar-winners.

The film, based on the official biography by James R. Hansen, follows the life of Armstrong from 1961 through to 1969, chronicling NASA's intense journey to land a man on the moon.

Visual Effects, Academy Awards 2019; Best Original Score, Golden Globes 2019
2018Rating: M, Occasional coarse language141 minsUSA
DramaTrue Story & Biography

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First Man / Reviews

Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

It happened sooner than expected: at the tender age of 33 years old, Oscar golden boy Damien Chazelle decided it was time to make his stodgy, pedestrian Clint Eastwood-in-twilight biopic. With Whiplash and La La Land, Chazelle brought a distinctive brio to his tales of protagonists incurring sacrifices in the pursuit of greater ambition. First Man too, is a variant of this theme, sensitive, predominantly, to the personal collateral damage of its characters above all else.

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Variety

Variety

After seeing First Man, it’s doubtful you’ll think about space flight, or Armstrong’s historic walk, in quite the same way.

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

All that gloom gradually smothers the film, with each shot of Armstrong staring, pained, at the moon (we get it; that's where he's going) further diluting the movie's pull.

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Total Film

Total Film

Gosling and especially Foy are out of this world.

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Time Out

Time Out

Thrilling when it escapes the gravity of drab living rooms and offices, First Man does an admirable job of complexifying a well-told tale.

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The Times

The Times

The film reconstitutes our taciturn hero as a man riven with grief after the death of his daughter...It's a bold move and seems to inform Gosling's every decision as an actor.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

Chazelle has always specialised in virtuoso endings, and his sure hand and sharp eye brings this ambitious character study smoothly into land.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It is a movie packed with wonderful vehemence and rapture: it has a yearning to do justice to this existential adventure and to the head-spinning experience of looking back on Earth from another planet.

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The Australian

The Australian

The performances by Gosling - in a difficult, interior role - and Foy are exemplary.

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Stuff

Stuff

First Man is the opposite of triumphalist, but an absolute triumph from beginning to end.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Whatever its missteps, "First Man" represents a principled attempt to reconsider what heroism looks and sounds like, to think beyond the reductive rah-rah parameters that have led so many to confuse jingoism with art.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

This is a confident but pretty bland technical exercise... The overall result is an authentic, visually impressive viewing experience that doesn't quite land.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

This sober, contemplative picture has emotional involvement, visceral tension, and yes, even suspense, in addition to stunning technical craft.

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Herald Sun

Herald Sun

Though its bravely unorthodox visual style and skeletal storytelling structure are sure to divide viewers in months to come, First Man is still undoubtedly one of the best and most significant movie releases of 2018.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

...a down-to-earth and frequently nail-biting piece of cinema.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Astonishing. The definitive take on a monumental moment in history - without ever losing sight of the man underneath the visor.

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