Preview: Few went to see “First Man,” How About a Top Notch Documentary about “Apollo 11?”

“First Man” tried to show us an intimate portrait of Neil Armstrong, and succeeded.

No, the Ryan Gosling/Damien Chazelle bio pic wasn’t a blockbuster and made NO noise this awards season. But it outshone many of the films we’re making bets on winning “Best Picture” this year.

Part of the problem is the filmgoing audience today would rather see Avengers or Superman or the “Guardians of the Galaxy” in space than watch a movie about space history.

That’s what Neon, the edgy studio releasing “Apollo 11” runs up against, something Ron Howard showed us began back “Apollo 13” — a hit movie showing an America that had already grown complacent about human space flight — many years ago.

This Todd Douglas Miller (“Dinosaur 13”) film, which just premiered at Sundance, faces apathy in the movie market place. But CNN co-produced it, so it’ll reach a TV audience.

I live within sight of KSC, so this is promises to be a thrill to me. But I know I’m the exception these days.

The first image in the trailer shows the NASA’s massive crawler, that hauls spacecraft from the VAB (Vehicular Assembly Building) to the launch pad. The guy who used work on the diesel engine on my sailboat was a NASA layoff post-Apollo. His job? Keeping the diesels running on the crawler.




About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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