Rating: 8.5/10

Directed by Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land) and starring Ryan Gosling (kilala ng girlfriend mo to) and Claire Foy (The Crown), First Man tells the story of how Neil Armstrong became the first human being to walk on the surface of the moon. But more than the actual moon landing itself, it chronicles Armstrong and NASA’s 8 year journey to that iconic moment.

(Nakakatawa na nung 1969, nag uunahan ang mga Americans at Russians mag land sa moon samantalang tayong mga Pinoy ngayong 2018 malaking bagay na kung hindi masisiraan ng MRT sa loob ng isang buwan.)

Ryan Gosling delivers a terrific performance as Neil Armstrong. For some reason bagay talaga sa kanya pag yung mga roles na ginagampanan niya ay mga strong, silent type na may tinatagong pang MMK na buhay sa loob. Claire Foy as his long-suffering wife delivers the goods despite being limited to a supporting role.

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Beautifully shot, First Man might be the closest anyone of us is going to get to actually setting foot on the moon. Mukhang totoo yung depiction nila ng space missions e talagang feel na feel mo yung claustrophobia ng mga astronaut pag nagsisiksikan sila sa maliit na pod. But because it’s grounded in reality, some people might find the movie to be a bit slow. Wala naman twist dito dahil alam naman natin kung anong nangyari sa Apollo 11 mission di ba? (Sa mga hindi nakakaalam sorry sa spoiler pero nag land tayo sa moon.)

Kung naghahanap ka ng space/astronaut movie similar to Armageddon na action-packed at may pang videoke na theme song, you won’t find that here. First Man is a character study of an internationally recognized man that shuns his celebrity. Sa totoo lang dapat mas sikat pa si Neil Armstrong kay Michael Jordan at LeBron James combined pero ano bang alam natin sa buhay ni Neil Armstrong, halos wala diba? Not only is it an inspiring story of how mankind was able to achieve the impossible, it also shows how overcoming grief can sometimes seem as insurmountable as going to the moon.

 

First Man is now showing in cinemas.

All photos courtesy of Universal Pictures Philippines.

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