Biography


First Man


MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Biography
Runtime:
141 mins
Stars:
Claire Foy, Ryan Gosling, Pablo Schreiber
Director:
Damien Chazelle
Producer:
Marty Bowen, Damien Chazelle, Wyck Godfrey, Isaac Klausner

Content at a Glance

0

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
3
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
2
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
2
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
0

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
0

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


none, subject to a husband and wife kissing

Language


one “f***”; curses like “d***” and “hell”

Violence


intense sequences of action; some peril and deaths involving accidents

Drugs


some social drinking; some smoking

Nudity


No Information

Other


No Information


Trailer



Synopsis

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.


Movie Message

Damien Chazelle has the unenviable job of following up La La Land, the film that won him an Academy Award for Best Director. What a weight that must hold as a creative, so much that, in any attempt, he deserves any and all credit for trying. His follow-up, the Neil Armstrong-centered First Man, is such a film showing much promise. Some of the film works, and what doesn’t is merely a noble and marginal misunderstanding.

Successfully, Chazelle has undoubtedly achieved a sensational film; meaning, that the movie looks and feels absolutely right. Working with a crackerjack team of sound designers and an ace director of photography in Linus Sandgren, Chazelle has conjured up all of the right nooks to take us back to a time of more curiosity about outer space. On the other end of the coin, the performances from Ryan Gosling (as Armstrong) and Claire Foy (his wife) are very, very strong.

What the film is missing—really, from its blueprints—is its place of relevancy. No doubt, Armstrong has quite a story to tell, and visually the film does just that for you. At times, during its near two-and-a-half-hour runtime, one wonders just what significance the film plays. Chazelle’s first major theatrical release, Whiplash, measured mentally and physically what it takes to be an artist. La La Land assessed the joy of art and love and its costs. First Man expectedly observes a complex American hero but does not prop the film up with universality towards the audience. Due to adult themes and brief strong language, Dove.org does not approve First Man

The Dove Take

There are quite a few strong lessons offered in the film. Characters and families form communities for support during the trying times of space travel and show determination to achieve their goals.

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