A window into the life of the astronaut Neil Armstrong, “First Man” is a new movie directed by Damien Chazelle based on the biography (also titled “First Man”) by James Hansen. It manages to capture the thrill and the terror of going into space, while still creating a sense of victory. Tensions were running high at the home of Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling). His two year old daughter Karen had just died of a brain tumor, and he often felt like the only place he could get away was at work with NASA. Project Gemini was underway, and he wanted to be there as much as possible. “First Man” follows the path of one of the most famous astronauts of all time, as he tries to balance home life with his wife Janet (Claire Foy) and life as an astronaut.
Though this movie is PG-13, I think that anyone 12 and older would enjoy it. Younger children might be startled by the loud sounds in the movie. “First Man” is very long, 2 hours and 21 minutes. The Moon Landing is one of the greatest achievements of mankind, and it’s very interesting to see it happen from the astronaut’s point of view. However, I’m not sure exactly how much of Armstrong’s home life is fabricated by the producers, since all the details probably weren’t open to the press. People who enjoy science, history, and drama films are sure to love “First Man,” but you don’t have to like these things to like the film. This is an incredibly emotional and dramatic movie, because Neil Armstrong has to push through tensions with his wife, the grief over his daughter, the public eye that always seems to be on him, and the deaths of his friends when things go wrong. These emotions are amplified by the touching and striking soundtrack that accompanies the film. “First Man” also has a resemblance to “Hidden Figures,” as both stories are from around the same time period and are based on the views of someone working in NASA.