First Man is the story of Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) and the lead up to the Apollo 11 space mission. The film is not an action movie by any stretch of the imagination which one could think since it is about space. Instead it focuses on Neil’s family life and the struggles that they had to overcome to make that ‘small step for mankind’. The story unfolds rather slowly and it can become a tad snooze inducing for an almost 2 ½ film. The viewer is given some insight into the Armstrong family that is heart wrenching. And even if you know, or lived, the history of America’s space mission, this movie can still deliver some moments that are heartbreaking as well as awe inspiring. Unfortunately, those moments are spread out to the point of the snoozes catching up to you.
Overall Rating: C« Back to Blog