Venice Critics Are Calling First Man the Greatest Space Movie Ever Made

August 30, 2018
Which is a bold statement, because The Right Stuff is, like, right there.

We have not seen First Man, La La Land director Damien Chazelle’s hotly anticpated Neil Armstrong biopic starring Ryan Gosling, but a bunch of critics caught it at the Venice Film Festival’s opening night, and it blew their goddamn minds. Check it out:

FIRST MAN, which is Chazelle’s first feature since La La Land, is a docudrama in the most authentic and exciting sense of the word. Chazelle knows that the story of the NASA space program has been told before (quite memorably, in its way, in The Right Stuff). So his audacious strategy is to make a movie so revelatory in its realism, so gritty in its physicality, that it becomes a drama of thrillingly hell-bent danger and obsession” – The Hollywood Reporter

“…it eclipses not just Chazelle’s earlier work, but also every other space movie… so immersive in its glitchy, hurtling, melting-metal authenticity that it makes … Apollo 13 look like a puppet show.” – Variety

First Man is an anti-thriller of rare intensity, with lived-in performances from Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy heightening the sky-high drama at every turn.” – Indiewire

Holy heck.

Co-starring Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, and Olivia Hamilton, First Man is in Australian cinemas from October 11, 2018. In the meantime, marvel at the brand new trailer above.

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