This past Monday, October 1st, 2018, I was able to see the movie “First Man” over 1,5 weeks before it would play in theatres across the country on October 12.
Universal Pictures invited to a pre-screening in different cities all across the country in celebration of NASA’s 60th Birthday. The National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) was established on October 1, 1958.
If you were lucky enough, you were one of the first to see the movie. First Man is about the Moon Landing and is a Biography of Neil Armstrong, the man who set as first person ever foot on the moon.
I won’t tell you guys too much about the movie, but if you know a little bit about history, you basically know the name Neil Armstrong and know about the moon landing as well. So most of the movie won’t be a big surprise for you. There are no twists in the movie if you know history. It is a biography and it shows details of the life of the astronauts and their sacrifices to make it to the moon with focus on Neil Armstrong. The movie had some funny moments but was overall very dramatic and sad.
Personally, I prefer a different kind of movies but this was a special movie for a special event (NASA’s birthday) and I enjoyed it very much. I was just hoping to see more scenes from Cape Canaveral, known as Cape Kennedy from 1963 to 1973. Overall I would give the movie 8 out of 10 stars. In my eyes, the movie was focused a bit too much on one person and his “private” life. It would have been great to see more of the whole teamwork which was behind putting the first man on the moon. All the technological advances which had to made to make this event possible. Especially the Saturn V rocket which carried the astronauts safely to the moon and back. This rocket is an amazing piece of ingenuity. SpaceX launched it’s Falcon Heavy rocket earlier this year and this rocket is currently the most powerful operational rocket in the world. However, SpaceX’s rocket is neither taller or more powerful than the mighty Saturn V. If you ever want to see a Saturn V rocket in life-size, visit the Kennedy Space Center and take a shuttle bus to the Saturn V Center located inside the gates of the Kennedy Space Center. You will be astounded how big this rocket is. But it is also shocking that our smartwatches nowadays have more computing power than what they used back then to launch the first rockets into space.
I watched the movie in Fort Myers while I was driving to an assignment in Tampa. This worked out perfectly as all other locations were “sold out” but the movie screening was actually for free. The whole theatre filled up and not one seat was left empty. Security was tight to prevent any kind of piracy and everyone was asked to turn their cell phones off to make sure nobody is trying to take pictures or videos of the movie. However, First Responders were excepted from turning off their phone but weren’t able to take it out of the pocket except for an emergency. This whole procedure was fully understandable and on one side I was happy about it because there are always people who forget to mute their phones and then you have their phones ring during a movie screening. Because of that reason, I can’t show you any pictures or videos from the event but I will link the movie trailer below.
For more “First Man” experiences, grab your phone and head to https://moon.firstman.com. This is an augmented reality experience with additional scenes and info from the movie.
This was the designation of the mission which should ultimately land on the moon. There is a whole movie about Apollo 11. You might have seen the movie “Apollo 11” (1996). There is a new version of it in the making right now. Not much detail is available but there is a trailer. The release date is unknown as far as I know.
All this should remind us what we are capable of as a nation or together as humankind. We don’t have to fight each other. The universe is big enough for all of us and we should rather put our resources on goals like this than wasting it on wars. No matter what nation.
If you want to feel and see what the buzz is all about. Go and see a modern rocket launch life in person. There are a few launch sites around the globe. The two primary launch sites in the US are Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Kennedy Space Center, which often get conflated with each other, in Florida and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It is fairly easy to see a rocket launch from one of the two East Coast locations in Florida. That’s where I gathered all my rocket launch experiences so far. You can find out more about my experiences here.
Will you go to see “First Man” in theatres and IMAX? Let me know in the comments.
Peter has a passion for Traveling, Photography, and Geocaching. These are the best ingredients for amazing adventures all over the globe. “Traveling is fun, no matter if you stay in a luxury hotel or travel like a backpacker.” Peter shares his experiences on his Blog www.gatetoadventures.com
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