Damien Chazelle’s biopic on Neil Armstrong puts the viewer in the co-pilot’s seat for a claustrophobic and exhilarating recreation of the Apollo 11 mission.

Covering the nine-year period that culminated in Armstrong stepping onto the lunar surface (spoiler alert!), this is a film of staggering verisimilitude, particularly during the vertigo-inducing spaceflight sequences. It’s also an intimate look at the man – played with stoic intensity by Ryan Gosling – whose one small step made history on July 20, 1969. First Man is as far from the glossy and sentimental Hollywood blockbuster it could have been as the Earth is from the moon, thanks to a filmmaker with the right stuff to deliver a respectful portrait of an individual poised to make history, or die trying.

First Man – Keeping it real

Release Date: January 23, 2019
Format: DVD, Blu-ray, 4K
 Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler

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