There was no greater challenge for humanity than the race to the Moon in the late 1960s, and for one man, Navy test pilot turned astronaut Neil Armstrong it was a mission that would become his singular pursuit. Now Hollywood megastar Ryan Gosling channels Armstrong’s unbreakable willpower and courage in First Man.
Here’s the synopsis:
The riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969 and the sacrifices and personal cost—on Armstrong and on the nation to accomplish one of the most dangerous missions in history.
Sensational writer/director Damien Chazelle (La La Land) leads the charge on this very ambitious bio-drama which chronicles Armstrong’s single-minded pursuit to be the first man to walk on the moon, a feat he would accomplish on July 21, 1969. But before he could take those first steps would come years of grueling training and testing to enable both the space craft and the men who piloted it to reach the lunar surface and return home alive.
Gosling absolutely commits as Armstrong and channels both his unflinching professionalism and resolute courage, along with his disdain for public life and the press and the pressures that grow on him because of it. Even though he was without-a-doubt one of humanity’s greatest ever heroes Armstrong himself had a deep dislike of the celebrity that was thrust upon him by his mission and this film appears to address the psychological pressures that this placed on him.
Co-starring alongside Gosling are an all-star cast including Claire Foy, Corey Stoll, Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Jon Bernthal and Pablo Schreiber, and Chazelle’s attention to detail in both the narrative and the era of the 1960s is absolutely spot on and will really ground an audience in the drama that will take place up on screen.
Get ready to reach for the stars when First Man touches down in cinemas on October 11.