REVIEW: First Man a thoughtful Oscar hopeful

First Man is the biopic of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.

The film is as stunning an achievement as you could ever expect, based on the incredible source material.

Damien Chazelle brings the same vigour and grace to this space drama as he did to the musical universe of La La Land, and he scores another hit with Canadian lead Ryan Gosling.

The canuck is on a role, and is sure to garner an Oscar nomination for his poignant, driven performance as Armstrong. He embodies the man’s very essence, and may just win the Oscar this year.

Chazelle, to his credit, won directing gold last year for La La Land, and has created a film that’s so intense it puts viewers in the passenger seat with Gosling.

Claire Foy, who has catapulted since Netflix show The Crown, is sure to grab a nomination herself as Armstrong’s doting, concerned wife.

The two actors in tandem create palpable, intense relationship that’s hard to ignore every time they’re on-screen together.

Some choice fantastic supporting bids from Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler and a magnificent Corey Stoll combine for an all-star ensemble performance unlike any other this year.

This is an all-round marvel of a film, and one that won’t soon be forgotten.

4.5/5 Stars

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