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First Man secures lift off in latest trailer with a little help from JFK

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Sep 19, 2018

As First Man gears up for its launch date in October, Universal Pictures released the third trailer for Damien Chazelle’s highly anticipated biographical drama about Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 mission.

Though the film has garnered some unwarranted controversy over the fact that it will not directly feature the iconic flag planting moment on the Moon’s surface, the latest trailer seems to respond to that criticism with an obvious patriotic slant. While the trailer mostly recycles much of the gorgeous and carefully constructed footage from the previous two trailers, along with a couple shots that clearly draw the eye to the American flag, the voiceover from John F. Kennedy is certainly enough to make hearts swell regardless of political affiliation.

Taken from JFK’s “Moon Shot” speech, which he delivered to congress in 1961, the trailer attempts to reignite the spirit of space exploration. “Now it is time to take longer strides, time for a great new America enterprise, time for this nation to take a clearly leading role in space achievement,” JFK says in a reminder of what we have accomplished but also what we have lost since America ceased its space travel missions. While previous trailers focused on the familial aspects and the complexities of the mission, this dialogue-less trailer lets the footage and JFKs speech tell its own story, one driven by iconic moments and ingenuity.

Based on the book, First Man: The Life of Neil Armstrong by James R. Hansen, Oscar winner Damien Chazelle’s film screened at the Toronto Film last week and has received critical acclaim, essentially securing its place as a major player during awards season. Featuring a cast consisting of Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, and Shea Whigham among others, First Man will likely end up being one of the best films about space exploration, and perhaps be the next great leap needed for NASA to thrive once more.

First Man lands in theaters on October 12th, 2019.

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