Ryan Gosling is over the moon in First Man

Cert 12A, 141 min­utes, in cin­e­mas 12 Oc­to­ber

Heat (UK) - - Contents - Charles Gant

Star­ring: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Ja­son Clarke Di­rec­tor: Damien Chazelle

THE PLOT

Pi­lot Neil Arm­strong (Gosling) is one of many men test­ing space rock­ets as NASA moves ever closer to its ul­ti­mate am­bi­tion: putting man on the moon. Noted for be­ing calm un­der pres­sure, he’s se­lected to com­mand 1969’s Apollo 11 mis­sion.

WHAT’S RIGHT WITH IT?

Reteam­ing with his La La Land star, di­rec­tor Damien Chazelle sub­tly re­veals the man be­neath the enigma, de­liv­er­ing drama as fa­tal ac­ci­dents re­duce the pool of po­ten­tial as­tro­nauts, and Neil’s wife Janet (Foy) and two young sons live their lives in the shadow of tragic risk.

WHAT’S WRONG WITH IT?

Space aero­nau­tics is no sim­ple topic, and Chazelle fully hon­ours the com­pli­ca­tions.

VER­DICT Achiev­ing af­fect­ing cin­e­matic majesty in its moon fi­nale,

First Man builds to a sat­is­fy­ing cli­max.

3 One gi­ant leap for Gosling

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