First Man Review

This will be a review on the 2018 Biographical Drama First Man that stars Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy.

First Man Review

First Man was absolutely sensational on every level possible. This is now my favourite Ryan Gosling performance as he stole the film as his facial expressions alone gave so much emotion and his portrayal of Armstrong was superb. I can see a definite Oscar nomination coming for Gosling. Claire Foy was also phenomenal in playing Janet Armstrong. The direction was amazing for Damien Chazelle as it honestly felt like I was watching something from Christopher Nolan as it was such a masterful achievement. Also one of things Chazelle pulled off perfectly was managing to create a substantial amount of tension even though as audiences we are familiar with this story. At times in the film there was a lot of edge of the seat moments. The cinematography involving the main moon walking sequence was top-notch because it was extremely realistic. Also, in that particular sequence there was a fair few point of view shots which is a brilliant use of a camera technique because it makes the audience feel like they are apart of the moon walking sequence. 

My admiration goes out to the entire cast and crew for making such an impactive and intense drama about Neil Armstrong. First Man is easily a front runner for my favourite film of 2018 and I hope it gets the recognition it deserves at awards ceremonies. 


Header Image Credit: First Man poster


Matthew Alicoon

Matthew Alicoon

I am the teenage Film, TV and Theatre Critic


  • Bee Snellen

    On 1 November 2018, 13:51 Bee Snellen Voice Team commented:

    Thank you for your review, Matthew! First Man is definitely on the top of my What-To-See-Next list! Do you think it accurately depicted the events or has it been dramatised somewhat?

  • Matthew Alicoon

    On 7 November 2018, 18:31 Matthew Alicoon commented:

    Bee Snellen I certainly don’t think the events were dramatised at all to be completely honest, they were portrayed very accurately.

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