Get in line for the patriotic film of the fall. Ryan Gosling is suiting up to play astronaut Neil Armstrong in the movie First Man, in theaters October 12th. First Man, which is adapted from the book of the same name written by James Hansen, follows the life of Neil Armstrong, focusing on the famous 1969 mission that made him the first man to walk on the moon. On the heels of the wild success of Hidden Figures, which reignited a fascination for space long before Donald Trump brought up the Space Force, First Man will be one of the must-see movies of the fall and is sure to entertain.
You can tell the studios believe in this movie to be a hit because it has an all-star cast. Ryan Gosling, most famous for the Notebook and Hey Girl memes, will be playing Neil Armstrong. Claire Foy of The Crown will play his wife Janet. Other notable cast members include Pablo Schrieber from Orange is the New Black and Jason Clarke from Chappaquiddick, The director? None other than Damien Chazelle, who directed La La Land, which famously didn’t win the Oscar for Best Picture despite being announced as the winner. The screenplay was written by Josh Singer who wrote the The Post and won an Oscar for writing Spotlight. He also wrote for The West Wing, which helps his credibility with the politicos even more.
Doesn’t this trailer make you want to run straight to the movie theater?
The book that the movie is based on is truly a great read. It is full of fascinating information about the astronaut people thought they knew because of his fame, but couldn’t get a full grasp on. Hansen, the author of First Man, explores who Neil Armstrong was both in space and back on earth. Hansen had access to a treasure trove of Armstrong’s personal documents. He has interviewed over a hundred people who knew Armstrong and his life. The book even has pictures that show Armstrong in all walks of life, from his diaper days to his retirement party and fun on the golf course. It’s a hefty book, full of great information, but if you can’t commit to 800 pages right now you can check out the parred down version specifically created for the movie. It comes in just under 500 pages. If you’re fascinated by the first man to walk on the moon, but also love truly learning about who a person was outside of the public eye, you won’t be disappointed in.
On October 12th, 2018, plan a trip to see First Man in theaters. It’s important to show the big-shot Hollywood liberal execs that we want more movies about America’s strength and innovation. We want more movies with patriotic themes and about people who made a difference in the world. We also want more Ryan Gosling, and that’s okay too, but maybe lead with the argument about patriotism.