Sunday, November 04, 2018
Man on the Moon
Yesterday, we went to see First Man (see Raybeard, you weren't the last to see it).
The film was better than Interstellar (but what wasn't) but not as good as Gravity or the Martian.
I guess the difference is: this was real - unless you buy into the whole 'the moon landing was a hoax' conspiracy. So, it was better than Apollo 13 but not as good as the Right Stuff.
While director Damien Chazelle had some eye popping shots in his La La Land, there weren't many here. Sometimes, quite the opposite. I found many of the shots dark and visually hard to catch what was, or was supposed to be, going on.
Now and again, there was an outstanding shot - so I know Chazelle was at least trying.
I get the decorating style of the time was wood paneling, but many interior shots were so dark, they came off as depressing even when they weren't meant to be.
That said, I have zero idea of how Neil and Janet's actual relationship was, but 'warm' isn't the way you'd describe it from this portrayal. I get they had early tragedy in their marriage, but I had a hard time caring about anything Claire Foy was trying to project in the way of 'concern'.
I totally get the 'stoicism' of the era and the profession, but there is so little emoting from Gosling, save for one or two scenes, it just played as flat.
Like Raybeard, I enjoy a good training scene and how a launch gets operationalized, but they had more of it, and better, in the Right Stuff. I thought the Apollo 1 tragedy was both a harrowing scene and yet extremely well done.
Oh - and Kyle Chandler is in it, so he never sucks to look at for any period of time.
First Man was ok, but there's a reason it's been out a month and only playing at limited theaters and at odd times (3p or 9p). Like La La Land, it is not going home with best picture. Or actor.
2018 Movie Count / Goal: 15 of 12
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