Preview, Ryan Gosling is Neil Armstrong, “First Man”

“Whiplash” and “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle’s take on the intensely private, brave and astrophysicist-smart First Man on the Moon promises something more than nostalgia for the age when America was Truly Great.

When we did Great Things, took Giant Leaps.

Will it have modern day resonance, anything topical to say about a country that shrank away from Big Endeavors and focused on the “practical” and the “commercial,” a national present that is forced to dream its big dreams in escapist sci-fi fantasy on TV or the big screen?

Gosh, I hope so. For our sake. “First Man,” “First Man,” co-starring Claire Foy, Kyle Chandler and as fellow astronaut Pete Conrad, Ethan Embry (Corey Stoll is Buzz Aldrin) opens Oct. 12.

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