Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon

2005, Documentary, 40m

32 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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This inspirational 3D IMAX film approximates for audiences what it is like to set steps on the moon. Read critic reviews

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Buzz Aldrin described the lunar surface as "magnificent desolation." He is one of only 12 astronauts who have walked on the moon. This docudrama chronicles the historic flights and moonwalks of these men, using interviews, archival footage, celebrity voice-overs including Tom Hanks, Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman, and simulations and re-enactments to create a virtually shared experience of having walked on the moon. The film also explores the state of the space program and its future.

Cast & Crew

Aaron White
James Irwin
Chris Cowen
Associate Producer
Greg Foster
Supervising Producer
Tom Hanks
Producer
Mark Herzog
Executive Producer
Christopher Bustard
Casting
Jon Danniells
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Critic Reviews for Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon

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  • Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon is an earnest but insubstantial Imax 3-D spectacle that, even at 40 minutes, seems unduly padded.

    October 6, 2005
  • The illusion is impressive but incomplete, and therefore mildly disappointing. But I cannot deny having felt a little nervous when 'we' were standing too close to the edge at the Grand Canyon-like Hadley Rille. So clearly I am a liar.

    September 23, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • One of the astronauts describes his excitement during the lunar mission as 'like a kid playing in a sandbox.' Unfortunately, that could also sum up the film's visual content.

    September 23, 2005 | Rating: 2/4
  • Adults will be more than passably entertained by this short, patriotic feature, and kids will be entranced.

    September 23, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • Playful, inspirational.

    September 23, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • Offers the most realistic approximation of a moon visit that Earthbound mortals have ever seen.

    September 23, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon is an earnest but insubstantial Imax 3-D spectacle that, even at 40 minutes, seems unduly padded.

    October 6, 2005
  • The illusion is impressive but incomplete, and therefore mildly disappointing. But I cannot deny having felt a little nervous when 'we' were standing too close to the edge at the Grand Canyon-like Hadley Rille. So clearly I am a liar.

    September 23, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • One of the astronauts describes his excitement during the lunar mission as 'like a kid playing in a sandbox.' Unfortunately, that could also sum up the film's visual content.

    September 23, 2005 | Rating: 2/4
  • Adults will be more than passably entertained by this short, patriotic feature, and kids will be entranced.

    September 23, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • This is a mesmerizing film that serves as a reminder of just how amazing our country's space exploration has been.

    November 10, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a stirring and persuasive plug for resuming in-person space exploration -- and it's a lot of fun besides.

    May 12, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon

  • Aug 23, 2010
    Caught this on a recent trip to the Kennedy Space Center, so there's nothing like being there to enhance your experience! This IMAX documentary is one of a series of excellent films made about one of humankind's great adventures: The moon missions. It takes you from the origins through a lot of footage from the later missions that you may not have seen, and supplements the real footage with technically excellent simulations and re-enactments. Like its close cousin, From the Earth To The Moon series, its an inspirational and sometimes harrowing tale of the journey to our nearest neighbor. It's calculated to inspire, and it does. The sheer magnitude of what was accomplished is still pretty staggering. If you watch this and are not moved by the experience, then you either never saw any of the space program coverage over the last 40 years, or you just aren't awake. The kids in the film can't name the astronauts that did it, but it still captures their imagination and that nothing is impossible. Great narration, photography, and science fact. Recommended
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