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    Chazelle’s “First Man” Is Not A Biopic



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    Following his success with “La La Land,” filmmaker Damien Chazelle signed on to helm the Neil Armstrong film “First Man” starring Ryan Gosling as the famed astronaut who was the first to step on the moon.

    Until now the film has seemingly been pitched as a biopic, but a recent interview in The Boston Globe with the film’s screenwriter Josh Singer, he indicates Chazelle isn’t approaching it like that. Rather expect something with more of an action/thriller survival take ala “Gravity”:

    “Damien had a very clear vision from the outset. He said, ‘Can we get across how challenging this was? Can we get across the visceral nature of this?’ The space program has been depicted, tonally, on the softer side in the past. Damien said, ‘I want to be terrified the entire time.’ It’s one of the earliest things we talked about. Neil’s heroism isn’t because he landed on the moon, it’s because he had the wherewithal to live through it all.

    This is 100 percent a mission movie. It’s about going to the moon as seen through the eyes of the guy who got there. We have at least five major set pieces that are action, and if your heart rate doesn’t go through the roof, if you’re not gripping the edge of your seat the entire times, I’ll be shocked.”

    Claire Foy, Corey Stoll, Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, and Jon Bernthal also star in the film which will be released October 12th.



     
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    Venice: “First Man” Reviews Are Quite Positive


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    This year’s Venice Film Festival is taking a different approach to film critic attendance, embargoing any reviews and social media reaction until after the film’s premiere has begun. As a result, those who are seeing films early at press screenings beforehand will be scoring a lot more time to both consider and write-up their reviews for a film.

    The result should hopefully be a more measured amount of praise or dismissal to films screening there, as opposed to quick knee-jerk tweets with everyone trying to outdo everyone else’s gush or bile. The festival’s opening film, Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong feature “First Man,” was the first to be subjected to the new system today.

    It appears to have worked. The Ryan Gosling-led film has been met with a very positive reception, with numerous critics praising the feature and doing so in well thought out full reviews which also discuss its flaws. Here’s a sampling of some:

    “”First Man” 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 hellbent danger and obsession. Chazelle restricts the action almost entirely to the point-of-view of the astronauts themselves: the things they literally see and hear during their missions.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety

    “B+. An immersive, immaculately crafted, often spectacular and satisfyingly old-fashioned epic that may well become the definitive moon-landing movie… Marshaling career-best contributions from every department, it is for better and worse, Chazelle’s least personal film, while at the same time being his most bravura performance as a conductor of a cinematic orchestra… there’s minimal flag-waving here, making it a universal story about tenacity and sacrifice, rather than anything more overtly patriotic.” – Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

    “This is a respectful movie, even a genuflecting one; there’s never a moment when Chazelle fails to let you know he’s doing important, valuable work. But that’s the problem: The movie feels too fussed-over for such a low-key hero. Its star, Ryan Gosling, turns in a discreet, sensitive performance, almost too sensitive for the movie around it.” – Stephanie Zacharek, TIME

    “4/5. Damien Chazelle hits the key of C major with his visually ravishing, dramatically conservative story of Neil Armstrong. A more questioning or nuanced movie might have placed the moon landing halfway through the story and then focused on the long, mysterious and anti-climactic nature of Armstrong’s life on earth. Chazelle – understandably – makes the moon landing the climax and the glorious main event. It is a movie packed with wonderful vehemence and rapture.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

    “The extent to which mainstream audiences will respond to the lengthy film’s unfaltering restraint remains to be seen. But this is a strikingly intelligent treatment of a defining moment for America that broadens the tonal range of Chazelle… What is perhaps most notable is the film’s refusal to engage in the expected jingoistic self-celebration that such a milestone would seem to demand.” – David Rooney, THR

    “Chazelle reminds us that space exploration has always been risky and terrifying, with men closing themselves inside tiny metal machines that were created by other men…”First Man” depicts the great accomplishments of NASA as huge gambles; like the best historical dramas, the film creates suspense over events whose outcome we already know.” – Alonso Duralde, The Wrap

    ““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. It’s not a comprehensive look at the Apollo 11 mission, but revisits that famous story from a more intimate angle, even as it delivers a satisfying ride… It’s a kind of first-person procedural, less concerned with the nuts and bolts of these undertakings than one man’s experience of them.” – Michael Nordine, Indiewire

    “First Man” is slated to open in cinemas on October 12th in wide release.
     
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    “First Man” Team Responds To ‘Patriotic’ Backlash


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    Damien Chazelle’s 1969 moon landing drama and Neill Armstrong biopic “First Man” has found itself caught up in an unexpected controversy – and it’s all to do with the American flag.

    The feature premiered at the Venice Film Festival a few days ago, the only place to screen it so far, with the movie scoring excellent reviews across the board. One common bit of praise in those reviews is that the film doesn’t go for the easy appeal of patriotic fervor, preferring instead to focus on the people involved themselves than the politics of the space race.

    That includes not filming a scene with the planting of the U.S. flag on the moon (though the film does show it already planted on the surface). Several U.S. conservative pundits and outlets have now slammed the film and called it both unpatriotic and even “anti-American” even as those making the claims haven’t seen the movie as yet. One editor called it a “foolish and pernicious falsification of history,” while senator Marco Rubio lebelled it “total lunacy” on Twitter, and don’t get started on the Fox & Friends gang’s dislike.

    Those involved in the film are now hitting back. Armstrong’s sons Rick Armstrong and Mark Armstrong released a statement jointly with author James R. Hansen on Friday saying: “We do not feel this movie is anti-American in the slightest. Quite the opposite. But don’t take our word for it. We’d encourage everyone to go see this remarkable film and see for themselves.”

    The film’s star Ryan Gosling, who plays Neill Armstrong, says: “I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement [and] that’s how we chose to view it. I also think Neil was extremely humble, as were many of these astronauts, and time and time again he deferred the focus from himself to the 400,000 people who made the mission possible.”

    Chazelle himself says: “I wanted the primary focus in that scene to be on Neil’s solitary moments on the moon… This was a feat beyond imagination; it was truly a giant leap for mankind. This film is about one of the most extraordinary accomplishments not only in American history, but in human history. My hope is that by digging under the surface and humanizing the icon, we can better understand just how difficult, audacious and heroic this moment really was.”

    “First Man” is slated to hit U.S. cinemas on October 12th.
     
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