First Man (12A)
To mark astronaut Neil Armstrong’s historic walk on the Moon 50 years ago this month, we’re launching (slight pun intended) our Summer programme with First Man, director Damien Chazelle (Moonlight, La La Land)’s haunting retlling of the Apollo 11 mission.
As Armstrong, Ryan Gosling gives one of those intense, quiet performances that, unjustly, get overlooked by showier roles. Based on a book by James R Hansen, the film is a first-person account of the sacrifices and cost on Armstrong, his family and the country as he and the Apollo 11 mission prepare for one of the most dangerous missions in history. Even though we know how it ends, Damien Chazell, Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy, as Armstrong’s wife Janet, deliver an extraordinarily tense and dark but also shows the exhiliration of space exploration at a time when the world looked far beyond its own borders.
Friday, July 12th 2019
NOTE – New Times:
Doors open at 7pm
Film starts at 7.30pm
Running time: 2 hour 18 minutes
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And the critics say…
“There were a thousand and one scenarios in which the Apollo mission ended in disaster. They found the one where it didn’t. Boy, does Chazelle make you feel the weight of that other thousand.” Tom Shone, Sunday Times
“The split-second that separates giddy success from terrifying failure, the tiny, claustrophobic spaces, the flimsy materials, the shaking, the roaring, the positively ancient-looking technology — Chazelle illustrates all of this, indelibly. And we’re forced to wonder: How did they ever make it into space even once?” Jocelyn Novek, Associated Press
“While Gosling plays everything close to his chest, it’s Foy who invites us into the unfolding drama with her wonderfully empathetic performance.” Mark Kermode, The Guardian
“First Man spreads out in its final sequence into a gob-smacking, virtuosic display of movie technique, but it’s earned and paid for. Chazelle keeps the film on a tight rein for 90 per cent of its length, cranking it slowly, bringing his pot to a boil. Then he hits us with the wideshots, the big orchestral music, the simply stunning lunar landing. It’s not just a Kubrick moment. It’s a David Lean moment, like when we first cross to the desert in Lawrence of Arabia. Whammo – how’s that for horizontal!.” Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald