My roommate Bri works at NBC Universal, and one of the perks of her job is that she sometimes gets invited to movie screenings. There’s a movie theater at Universal CityWalk. On Wednesday night, they closed it to the public and invited employees to see First Man, which is about the moon landing and stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong.
At first I thought it was just going to be one room of the movie theater but I quickly figured out that they had closed down the whole cinema. We were handed popcorn and a drink as we went in. The theater has really nice reclining seats (the kind I’d never pay for myself!) and they were really comfortable. The whole experience felt pretty special.
As for the movie itself, I loved it! I left the theater thinking about how much I love space and wanting to research all the historical events. I don’t think every movie ever has to teach us something, but I do enjoy leaving a movie and wanting to learn more. The film isn’t just about the moon landing, but rather the years leading up to Armstrong becoming the first man on the moon, so it deals with his training, the death of his young daughter, his family, and how he copes with everything going on. Claire Foy plays his wife and she’s excellent in the role. If you’re interested in space, I would absolutely go see it!