First Man

First Man

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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
91%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

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

0
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

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.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Gosling and especially Foy are out of this world.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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

4.0
0
The Times

The Times

press

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.

4.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

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

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

4.0
0
The Australian

The Australian

press

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

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

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

5.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

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

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Herald Sun

Herald Sun

press

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.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

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

4.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

5.0
0

Majestic, inspiring and (mostly) engaging; it takes you on a monumental journey without getting to really know the characters.

4.0
0

Technically, amazing. When it comes to crafting an engaging story I was left bored and uninterested, I really wanted to care but I was too bust thinking about what I was doing afterwards rather than the actual movie. Claire Foy steals the show but other then that its not really worth the $18

3.0
0

From the first moment to the last, this film is an utter triumph. Damien Chazelle's understated approach to one of history's greatest moments deserves the highest praise. Impeccable acting, fantastic cinematography, mindblowing sound mixing and editing, this film will be deservedly recognized at the upcoming awards season. On every level, there is not a...

5.0
0

Don't get me wrong, there are some great performances (and an outstanding one by Claire Foye). But at the end of the day, I did feel the movie was about 20-30 minutes too long. Too many long shots ... ... but hey, what do I know. Go and make up your own mind; I certainly don't regret seeing this movie.

4.0
0

Wow! Such a moving story about Neil Armstrong. It really puts you into the feel of how stressful the situations were. The use of real footage throughout the movie was seamless and really pushed home how it was at that time. Great movie.

5.0
0

This is amazing piece of film art. They really put you inside the film and show you what you would see, feel and think. I felt like I was really in Neil Armstrong's shoes through this film.Two stars flick guys?? Go and watch it again.

4.0
0

141 minutes is a long time in a movie. First Man holds it together well. It's tense and revealing giving good backstory to the space race.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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

0
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

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.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Gosling and especially Foy are out of this world.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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

4.0
0
The Times

The Times

press

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.

4.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

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

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

4.0
0
The Australian

The Australian

press

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

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

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

5.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

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

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Herald Sun

Herald Sun

press

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.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

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

4.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

5.0
0

Majestic, inspiring and (mostly) engaging; it takes you on a monumental journey without getting to really know the characters.

4.0
0

Technically, amazing. When it comes to crafting an engaging story I was left bored and uninterested, I really wanted to care but I was too bust thinking about what I was doing afterwards rather than the actual movie. Claire Foy steals the show but other then that its not really worth the $18

3.0
0

From the first moment to the last, this film is an utter triumph. Damien Chazelle's understated approach to one of history's greatest moments deserves the highest praise. Impeccable acting, fantastic cinematography, mindblowing sound mixing and editing, this film will be deservedly recognized at the upcoming awards season. On every level, there is not a...

5.0
0

Don't get me wrong, there are some great performances (and an outstanding one by Claire Foye). But at the end of the day, I did feel the movie was about 20-30 minutes too long. Too many long shots ... ... but hey, what do I know. Go and make up your own mind; I certainly don't regret seeing this movie.

4.0
0

Wow! Such a moving story about Neil Armstrong. It really puts you into the feel of how stressful the situations were. The use of real footage throughout the movie was seamless and really pushed home how it was at that time. Great movie.

5.0
0

This is amazing piece of film art. They really put you inside the film and show you what you would see, feel and think. I felt like I was really in Neil Armstrong's shoes through this film.Two stars flick guys?? Go and watch it again.

4.0
0

141 minutes is a long time in a movie. First Man holds it together well. It's tense and revealing giving good backstory to the space race.

4.0
0