★★★★★ - Empire | ★★★★★ - The Independent
★★★★ - The Guardian | ★★★★ - The Telegraph
Damien Chazelle, the Oscar-winning director of Whiplash and La La Land returns with First Man, the gripping story of the most dangerous undertaking in human history: NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon.
Following lead astronaut Neil Armstrong (Gosling) through the years 1961-1969, it’s a thrilling and awe-inspiring account that sees people putting their lives and reputations on the line to achieve the seemingly impossible under the watchful eyes of a hopeful nation.
Sure to feature prominently in the awards season, Ryan Gosling gives a controlled and riveting performance as Armstrong grappling with the scale and peril of his mission, equally matched by a mesmerising Claire Foy (The Crown) as his wife Janet, torn between her duties as a supportive military wife and her fear that Neil won’t make it home.
Dir: Damien Chazelle
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Ciarán Hinds
USA 2018, 138mins