Ryan Gosling is over the moon in First Man
Cert 12A, 141 minutes, in cinemas 12 October
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke Director: Damien Chazelle
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