I was not overwhelmed by this film, but, I did find it interesting that the movie seems to be shot on film, except for the moon scenes which have the clarity of digital, and I think this was a good choice.
The "cinema verite" style of the bulk of the movie went to far for me and I found it a distraction often. This may be because this film is really a series of vignettes, rather than a story. I left the theater feeling that I knew little more about Armstrong at the end than I did at the beginning. No amount of photographic style was going to save this weak script in any event...
But I did like the rocket rides and the views in the space capsules. That was really fun and one could really imagine the terrifying experience that it must have been. A normal man would never have taken this astronaut job. I just wish I'd learned something more about these men than that they can perform under enormous stress that others can not. In the end, Armstrong is still a mystery.
Couldn't agree more. Like so many modern films it's beautifully done but ends up feeling rather empty, though not, of course, for the same reasons as Transformers.
I've seen Ryan Gosling in three films recently - Drive, Blade Runner 2049 and now First Man, and in each case the characters were almost comically underplayed. Neil Armstrong wasn't that much of a plank. The audience I saw it with didn't know when to laugh.