Chazelle's ambivalent portrait of Armstrong is a strength. I'm not looking for movies to further mythologize heroes; I need real heroes – imperfect people of action.
Two notes that didn't really come up in the discussion on Filmspotting #701:
-Credit to walking charisma and charm machine Ryan Gosling for capably portraying a man without an ounce of either.
-More than acknowledging the anguish, that the husband's achievement and glory in space doesn’t happen without the wife's sacrifice and strength on the ground is at the very core of the film.