Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Jul 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A chronicle of the first space mission that landed men on the moon 5 decades ago.
My Take on it – In commemoration of the 50 years since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the surface of the moon, this new documentary was made in order to try and give viewers a way to experience this space mission in a similar fashion to how people were able to watch it on TV 50 years ago.
This film has some amazing visuals that in some cases are truly breath taking to watch.
Unfortunately, the story itself is presented in a pretty boring way that makes it a chore to get through some of the ‘normal’ parts of the telling of this story via real footage.
The choice to not use a narrator was a poor one IMHO since this film lacks a real anchor.
Without that anchor, the information gets a bit too overly technical and confusing even for people like me with a lot of knowledge about the pace program and the Apollo 11 mission itself.
I can only imagine how someone without that kind of prior knowledge would view those parts of the film.
The way that this film reconstructs the space trip by use of various footage taken at the time and in some cases more recently discovered footage is amazingly done an allows us to get a real feel for how people experienced watching this historic mission back then.
Bottom Line – Fascinating film that has amazing visuals yet drags a bit too much along the way due to the way things are presented. The choice to not use a narrator was a poor decision because without a way to anchor this story, things get a bit too technical and confusing along the way even for people familiar with the space program and the Apollo 11 mission itself. The re-enactment of the trip by use of real and in some cases recently discovered footage is done superbly for those who want to watch the mission in a similar way to how it was shown live at the time.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Several of the recordings captured by the astronauts during the mission are featured in this documentary. These recordings by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins earned them honorary memberships in the American Society of Cinematographers. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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