Ryan Gosling is back under the direction of La La Land's Damien Chazelle, this time as Neil Armstrong in First Man, based on James R. Hansen's biography of the astronaut.
Also starring The Crown's Claire Foy, the film has won over critics, who give it an 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. What to expect:
"The buttoned-up nature of the character puts Gosling to the test, but he conveys a great deal with mere glances and expressions," he writes. Chazelle, meanwhile, "keeps the focus squarely on the protagonist and the mission."
There are "too many feelings, even for those of us who like them," continues Zacharek, who felt Chazelle's emphasis on the 1968 death of Armstrong's 2-year-old daughter from a brain tumor didn't mesh with the astronaut's private nature.
Together, they add "a sense of emotional intimacy to the people committed to the [space] program."
He describes a scene in which she demands her husband be the one to tell his two sons he might not come home as "a real 'Oscar moment.'" With the later lunar landing, the film "truly soars," he adds.
This article originally appeared on Newser: First Man Gets It Right