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“First Man” will make you see a different side to Armstrong

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“First Man” will make you see a different side to Armstrong

Waylon Finnerty, Staff Writer

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First man is a film that I had recently seen over the weekend, and what I will say is it left me feeling a lot of emotions.

 

The movie takes place during the 1960’s. It depicts the struggle and adventures in Neil Armstrong’s life as a family man and an astronaut, living with the world on his shoulders in the public eye.

 

First Man is everything that you aren’t expecting. When I went into the movie, I was expecting a lot of things. Things that would seem most basic about the true story about the first men on the moon.  For instance how it was done, a little insight about the characters, and the outcome it had on the world.

 

Now let me remind you that this was not the case at all. “First Man” is called this for a reason. Neil Armstrong is the protagonist during the whole entire movie. You expect to see Buzz Aldrin a lot during the film, but only get brief glimpses of who he was during this time. Ryan Gosling gives a tremendous performance in the first man. Looking at interviews and videos of the man himself, you see that Gosling gives a very spot on performance of Armstrong.

 

This is about Armstrong and Armstrong only. The director wants us to feel for Armstrong and how disconnected he is with his family. Claire Foy portrays the first man’s wife in the best way she can, and together they do an outstanding job giving us the reaction and feeling we need while watching a film.

 

The determination in this film really strikes resemblance to me with the students at Riverton High School and their ambition in life. A student named Kyson Critchfield gave me his opinion on the film and he stated, “I thought it was a very interesting movie and very empowering towards the audience. It was fascinating to see the challenges that NASA had and how they were to overcome them at times.”

 

The movie had a strong impact at the box office this year, and will go down as a very important depiction on the inside of Neil Armstrong’s mind.

 

Another student that wanted to give their opinion on space travel but had not seen the movie also came forward to tell me of their insight on space travel and science. Kobe Benson, a senior at Riverton High School stated “space travel is important for the survival of humans in the long run. What will we do when the earth is dry of everything?”.

 

First Man made a total of around $35.7 million at the weekend box office, bringing its estimated domestic total to around $142.8 million.

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