Damien Chazelle-directed space drama “First Man” received a fascinating welcome in Italy opening the Venice Film Festival.
The trailer offers a look at Ryan Gosling as Armstrong, the aeronautical engineer who went on to become the first civilian astronaut to fly in space, and later participated in the first manned moon landing in July 1969.
The Hollywood Reporter declared the high-profile space film “sticks the landing.”
“This is a strikingly intelligent treatment of a defining moment for America that broadens the tonal range of Chazelle, clearly a versatile talent, after ‘Whiplash’ and ‘La La Land,’ ” wrote critic David Rooney. “Armstrong is depicted as a humble man, not a glory hound or daredevil in the usual heroic screen mode…(As Armstrong) Gosling downplays his natural charisma here to portray a man simply intent on doing a job, approaching it with the utmost seriousness and without ego.”
Along with Gosling as Armstrong, the film’s cast features Dawn of the Planet of the Apesactor Jason Clarke as Ed White, the first American to walk in space; The Crown star Claire Foy as Janet Shearon, Armstrong’s first wife; Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) as Deke Slayton, one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts; Corey Stoll (Ant-Man) as Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon; and Lukas Haas (The Revenant) as Michael Collins, the Command Module pilot for Apollo 11.
Although the film is currently in the midst of festival screenings, First Man makes its U.S. theatrical debut on October 12.
And here we have the latest poster and trailer for the movie, check it out below.