Hot Take: First Man | Movie Hot Take
Hot Take: First Man is exactly as you'd expect and that's not necessarily good or bad. I was just glad that this history lesson didn't come with a pop quiz at the end. Don't get me wrong, First Man, the latest effort from director Damien Chazelle, is well done. There's something about this obvious Oscar bait that left me wanting something more though. Then again, if you push me to pinpoint why, I don't know if I give anything more than just my gut saying there's just something missing here. While the story is great, the production value is high, the performances are solid and the script is solid, there's a lack of connection that exists between the audience and the material unfolding on screen. The film is the story of Neil Armstrong first and foremost and there's plenty to admire about the first man to ever set foot on the moon but it dips so heavily into the territory of docudrama, it's nearly impossible to get immersed emotionally. This is evident when we reach the third act and a