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First Man uses a personal focus to fuel a look back at a pivotal moment in human history - and takes audiences on a soaring dramatic journey along the way. Read critic reviews

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Hoping to reach the moon by the end of the decade, NASA plans a series of extremely dangerous, unprecedented missions in the early 1960s. Engineer Neil Armstrong joins the space program, spending years in training and risking his life during test flights. On July 16, 1969, the nation and world watch in wonder as Armstrong and fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins embark on the historic Apollo 11 spaceflight.

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Ryan Gosling
Neil Armstrong
Claire Foy
Janet Armstrong
Kyle Chandler
Deke Slayton
Corey Stoll
Buzz Aldrin
Ciarán Hinds
Bob Gilruth
Josh Singer
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Steven Spielberg
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Adam Merims
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Josh Singer
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Linus Sandgren
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Critic Reviews for First Man

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  • Jul 24, 2019
    Damien Chazelle sheds light on the personal tolls of Neil Armstrong in First Man with introspective direction and moving audio. The film's astronomical sequences and intimate performance from Gosling make for a fairly solid piece on one of the giant leaps in the history of mankind. 3.95/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 02, 2019
    This is the bio of the man and his family. Slow and dramatic, this will test your patience if you're expecting a moon landing focused storyline. This deserved more award recognition, but plays too much like an indie film for the mainstream audience that it was marketed to. This was slightly ignored on release and its indie style my have put some off. Great bio film and that final landing is incredible to watch. Full of depth and accuracy. 16/06/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2019
    Every time that someone's on a spacecraft, I was into First Man. It might genuinely be the first time I didn't hate scenes shot with continual use of shaky cam, which is noteworthy. But by and large First Man was not for me, biopics often aren't, and First Man is absolutely a biopic. It's not about NASA, or the Space Race, or landing on the moon, on astronauts, those things are present, but it's about Armstrong. I know that, because he is the only person, place or thing we get any real insight into.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2019
    There is, about society, a nonchalance about things that involve risk and take effort outside of ourselves: "Aww, that wasn't nothing!" The point of this retelling of Neil Armstrong's first step on the Moon is to remove that nonchalance, and so we are treated to a close-up look of the extreme effort and undeniable risk, and the creeping toll that took on the souls involved. Stripped away are the token patriotism and grandstanding, flag-waving, and we are left with a singular human achievement that touches our lives still. An intelligent and understanding effort.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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