First Man Review


Justin Peters, Student Journalist

First Man is one of the best movies of the year, everything about it is amazing. The acting, the directing, the sheer sight of everything on the screen is fantastic.Every second of the movie was enjoyable. I don’t know if I can put my love for the movie into words. But I can sure try.

First Man is about the eight years leading up to Apollo 11, man’s first trip to the moon. More specifically, this movie focuses on the eight most important years of an astronaut, Neil Armstrong’s(Ryan Gosling) life. Along for his journey, but not always by his side, is his wife Janet(Claire Foy). It was very difficult to get to the moon, but after you see this movie, you will see that is was nearly impossible.I don’t want to say anything else about the plot because there is so much more than you need to see. But, let me just say that the acting in this film is stellar. Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy are magic. They are so good at playing the Armstrongs that it legitimately gave me goosebumps. The supporting cast was more than perfect as well with Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Lukas Haas, being perfectly casted.

The visuals were so pleasing and beautiful that it makes Gravity look like that one episode of Star Trek where Kirk fights the giant lizard. The score was incredible, mixing intensity with relaxed and classical. Damien Chazelle proved that he has a wide range of the type of movies that he can direct, proving himself to be one of the more prominent directors.  Watching this movie is one of the best experiences any movie goers can have. The movie makes you feel as if you are on the ship with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. This isn’t the best movie ever made, but as for 2018, it is the true pinnacle of modern cinema.