First Man

First Man ★★★★½

Damien Chazelle's take on Neil Armstrong's life is one filled with sorrow, loss and grief rather than the patriotic celebration one would expect from this type of film and frankly, from the poster even.

Surrounded by a stellar cast including the ever likeable Kyle Chandler and Corey Stoll, Gosling's naturally wistful air suits the role perfectly : that of a father haunted by the death of his child.

The "space race" so to speak is presented as an incredibly dangerous if not absurd endeavour. Armstrong's fellow colleagues tragically die as we get attached to them. Tests fail and the ratchety cabin itself is entirely devoid of comfort and glamour.

Kinda wish I would've watched it another time at the cinema as the surprisingly mournful tone is so masterfully made it caught me off guard on first watch.

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