Fall is all about awards season, but that doesn’t mean all of the movies are slow mood pieces with no action. One of the movies coming out this fall that looks like it could be really, really good is First Man from director Damien Chazelle. Chazelle burst onto the scene as a prominent director with Whiplash in 2014, subsequently winning the Oscar for Best Director in 2016 for La La Land. With Chazelle behind the camera and a big hitter like Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, you’re probably going to get something special.
The film’s production was all about accuracy and capturing the mood of being in that capsule over in space, as Gosling told Entertainment Weekly.
“It’s really hard in a film to convey just how small these capsules were and just how terrifying it was hurtling through space in these,” Gosling said.
The production went out of its way to make everything, even down to Armstrong’s house, as accurate as possible. Chazelle got the blueprints of the house so he could build it to scale, and Gosling met with Armstrong’s sister, June.
“It was amazing to watch Neil’s kids, Rick and Mark, come into the house they had grown up in and see the level to which the crew was working to get this right,” Gosling said.
As movies like Hidden Figures have been pointing out, while the astronauts going up there was a big deal, Gosling said it’s important to acknowledge how many people on the ground helped make that mission happen.
“Even though they were the three selected to be on this historic mission, there were 400,000 people who had made this possible,” Gosling said. “They were the final ones to execute it, but you get a sense from the astronauts that no one wanted to be the one that was the weak link.”
Until someone goes to the Space Center and sees for themselves, it’s hard to imagine that we got to moon on that technology — how precise everything needed to be and how one wrong move could spell disaster. For Chazelle, he wanted to make sure those stakes were apparent in the movie.
“There’s actually a tendency now to take some of these things for granted and forget just how difficult and unlikely and really risky and dangerous and crazy the whole endeavor was,” Chazelle explained of the stakes.
Here’s the first trailer, and rumor has it that a new one is due out sometime this week.
Summary: A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
First Man, directed by Damien Chazelle, starring Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Pablo Schreiber, Kyle Chandler, Jon Bernthal, and Jason Clarke. It will be released on October 12th.