Genre Grandeur – In the Shadow of the Moon (2007) – Encore Review – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Documentary Films, here’s a review of In the Shadow of the Moon (2007) by Me.

Thanks again to Quiggy of The Midnite Drive-In for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Samantha Ellis of Musing of a Classic Film Addict and it is Romantic Films

“This could include any movie with a romantic pairing as the central focus of the plot, be it a comedy, drama, horror, or what have you.”

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jan by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Samantha!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“My father was born shortly after the Wright Brothers. He could barely believe that I went to the Moon. But my son, Tom, was five. And he didn’t think it was any big deal.” – Charlie Duke

Number of Times Seen – 3 (15 May 2008, 28 Sep 2014 and 30 Dec 2018)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A documentary that tells of the experiences of the Apollo Moon astronauts from their own perspectives.

My Take on it – I have always been a fan of the US Space Program in particular the Apollo missions and have always enjoyed hearing about the experiences of the astronauts during those momentum times.

This film gives us the rare perspective of hearing directly from the men who traveled to the moon and back about their personal thoughts on their training, their missions, their time spent on another body in the solar system and most importantly, how it has enriched, enhanced or changed their life ever since.

To hear these things directly from them is great since it allows us to experience firsthand their knowledge on these subjects.

Unfortunately, not all of the former lunar astronauts chose to participate in this film and since a few of them have passe don since this was made over a decade ago, we will never get the chance to hear their thoughts on these issues.

Most notably, Neil Armstrong is missing from this group of courageous and heroic men.

The footage used from the various space missions helps to enhance this film experience so much since we get to see things from the unique perspective of the astronauts who made these journeys

Bottom Line – Great film that gives us perspective on things that only a small number of men could have. To hear from the Apollo astronauts themselves what it was like through the entire process of training up until they spend time on the moon is astounding to listen to.  Unfortunately, not all of them agreed to participate in this film and we will never get their viewpoints on it since some of them are no longer with us, most notably Neil Armstrong.  Amazing footage of much of the space trips adds so much to the viewing experience. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Of all the astronauts who appeared in the film, only Buzz Aldrin demanded to be paid. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)


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