I love how most of this movie isn’t so much made up of scenes as it is of reels.
[35mm screening at the University of Wisconsin Cinematheque 🙌]
The Gemini 8 launch is the most frightening thing I’ve seen all year. Like in so much of the film, Chazelle captures Armstrong’s POV as he approaches and enters the capsule. So when the NASA launch technicians, unable to conceal their fear they may be sealing Armstrong in his tomb, look the astronaut in the eyes, we experience the perspective of a man marked for death.
Chazelle’s most inspired deployment of subjectivity comes on the lunar surface. As…