Given everything else he's directed up to this point, you might've expected Damien Chazelle's next film to be a musical, or a musical comedy, or a musical dramedy, or - at the very least - something to do with jazz. But, as we've known for some time, Chazelle went in a completely different direction, opting to take on the story of NASA's first manned mission to the moon.
To do this, he snapped up a script written by Academy Award-winner Josh Singer (Spotlight, The Post), hired former La La Land collaborator Ryan Gosling to play Neil Armstrong (he also booked Claire Foy, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll and a bunch of other talented performers), and once again expanded on his own sense of scope (Chazelle's latest looks like the biggest thing he'd done yet). The result? This October's First Man.
Let's take a look at the new trailer.
If we can be Real™ for a moment, and I think we must: neither this trailer nor the previous First Man trailer did much for me. It's clear Chazelle's interested in documenting the truly terrifying nature of space travel, and it's obvious they've spared no expense bringing those scenes to life, but there's a curious flatness to the drama here that's kinda hard not to notice. There's also the familiarity of the material to consider: this feels like several movies we've already seen. Perhaps that's what's dampening my hype levels.
At any rate, I'll be there opening day. Chazelle's yet to let me down (#TeamLALALAND), and of course I'm never gonna turn down a chance to see Ryan Gosling moseying around the moon in a goddamn space suit. I mean, come on, I'm only human.
Anyway, here's an official plot synopsis:
"On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures’ First Man, the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the triumphs and the cost—on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself—of one of the most dangerous missions in history."
First Man touches down on October 12th. Y'all gonna show up for it or what? Sound off below.