Apollo 11 ‘First Man’ Movie Trailer Released


First Man — Official Trailer

Ah, the weekend. Time for a movie. Let’s do it. Let’s take a look at the just-released trailer for the upcoming movie “First Man,” a biopic about Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the moon. The film, which will be released in U.S. theaters on Oct. 12, is based on the book “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong” by James Hansen.

The real Neil Armstrong inside the Apollo 11 lunar module after his moon walk. He looks in serious need of sleep but happy just the same. Wouldn’t you be if you just walked on the moon? NASA

Directed by Damien Chazelle, it stars Ryan Gosling as Armstrong and Claire Foy as Janet, Neil’s wife. You may know Foy from the wonderful British series “The Crown,” where she played the younger Queen Elizabeth II. The movie depicts Armstrong’s career as a research test pilot and includes scenes of him in the rocket-powered X-15. We next follow him as an astronaut on the Gemini 8 mission in 1966 and finally on his pivotal journey to the moon in July 1969.


Apollo 11, first moonwalk — the real thing from July 20, 1969. Neil says those famous words starting at the 3:30 time mark.

I hope it won’t sacrifice accuracy for drama, but we’ll see come October. Even if it gets bad reviews, I plan to see it. The Apollo program was one of the greatest achievements of humankind, and I always feel inspired whether via print or film to relive that time. As with any youtube video, you’ll see lots of comments posted. Going through them I was taken aback by the number of trolls who think that the moon landings were faked.

It’s become fashionable to criticize the accomplishments of others. Some do it to feel superior to others out of a sense of insecurity. Others hope to gain a following and sell product. But the majority of people who doubt the landings either don’t have the facts or are misdirected to conspiracy-style websites. The facts are out there. Here’s one site you can check that will help answer your questions.

It’s OK to feel good about our achievements as humans. We muck up a lot of things but Apollo was a shining star. Let’s celebrate it!

2 Responses

  1. Richard Keen

    The trailer seemed to have a lot of people yelling at each other about how dangerous the mission is (like they didn’t know). I found the scene in Apollo 13 where Gene Kranz convincingly utters “failure is not an option” much more spine tingling.
    But then there was a bit of negativity in “13” to enhance the drama, too, so I’ll give “11” a chance, despite the trailer.
    Thanks for the heads up about the movie; I’ll start saving for the tickets.

    1. astrobob

      Hollywood loves drama, and trailers usually emphasize conflict to build interest. I hope the movie sticks to the true story as much as possible.

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