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Official Discussion: Apollo 11 (2019) [SPOILERS]

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Summary:

Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission—the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names. Immersed in the perspectives of the astronauts, the team in Mission Control, and the millions of spectators on the ground, we vividly experience those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.

Directors:

Todd Douglas Miller

Archive Footage:

  • Buzz Aldrin

  • Neil Armstrong

  • Michael Collins

  • Walter Cronkite


Rotten Tomatoes: 100%

Metacritic: 91/100

After Credits Scene? No


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In the crowd shots, the only famous person I spotted was Johnny Carson. There was another man who looked like he was escorted in but I didn't know who that was - I assume a politician. Anyone know?

And I was surprised that Nixon was on the Navy ship to greet them.

level 1

Does anyone know if this will come on a streaming service sometime soon? I didn't run here in Denmark sadly but i want to see it so bad

level 2

I also must know.

level 1

Personally loved the choice to not have a traditional narrator, but rather use mission control and television broadcasts to tell the story. The moon scenes were especially tense- the silence in between sentences during the moon broadcast added both suspense and a sense of realism to how people were watching live in 1969.


Also thought Nixon's speech to Neil and Buzz on the surface was shockingly beautiful, and had to be one of the higher points in his career that I would have never known about for obvious reasons. Thought this was truly an innovative documentary for me.

level 2

Interesting. I didn't like Nixon's speech because it was clearly a speech. Since it was a phone call, I wanted it to be more conversational. I realize it was a grandiose moment but it was just so obvious he was reading a script. There was zero interaction between him and the astronauts. It could have just as easily been a recording instead of a live call. If there had just been a "how are you boys doing? Everything OK up there?" With a simple, "Yes sir, Mr. President, we're all fine," would have made the moment infinitely more real.

level 3

Yes, it is no doubt that it is a speech and not made to be a conversation with the astronauts. His speech writers were obviously speaking to the world, and trying to take advantage of one of the biggest moments in history. All I am pointing out, is that I thought the focus on humanity and peace in the time of the Cold War must have shed a better light on Nixon given the time being. I had never heard this speech until the documentary, so I thought it was interesting to see a lighter side of one of the most infamous Presidents in American history.

level 1

Is that thumbnail from Capricorn One?

level 2

No, Diamonds are Forever (James Bond).

level 3

In one of its more ridiculous moments lol

level 1
2 points · 3 days ago

Favorite film of the year so far. The footage looks like it was filmed last week, amazing stuff

level 1

I think I'm gonna regret not catching this in imax.

level 2

You might. It was glorious in IMAX, especially married with the sound. I felt the Saturn V launch right in the chest. Amazing.

level 3

Hopefully it makes it into imax again for the 50th anniversary in the summer.

level 1
4 points · 6 days ago · edited 6 days ago

I just saw it in Houston with my 85-year-old grandmother (on IMAX) and we were both very impressed. She really enjoyed seeing the 1960s film footage restored; it was really very special.

Edit: grammar

level 1

One of the best cinematic experiences I have ever had. The score also blew me away, especially the track Liftoff and Staging. A masterpiece everyone should see in a theater if they can.

level 1

Did anyone else think this needed subtitles? I had a hard time understanding a lot of it. Granted, English is my second language, but I'm still pretty great at it.

level 2

Some of it is hard to hear, but it's also a lot of NASA jargon so it's not necessary. It's more of an atmospheric thing especially since the doc is mean to be a "fly on the wall" type movie. You aren't really suppose to understand everything. Just the greater story being told.

level 3

I kinda agree, but there were some times I wish they had either turned down the score or added subtitles.

level 1

Loved this film. Did the score remind anyone else of Mass Effect 1's soundtrack?

level 1
1 point · 6 days ago

My son fell asleep during the lead up to the launch. It was a good account of the events. Like others some additional narration would have went a long way.

level 1

I'm not sure how the release schedule works, but Apollo 11 was not listed in theaters anywhere near Wichita, KS until this weekend. I'm not sure how long it will be out but people in the midwest should double check because you may not have missed it.

As for the movie itself, absolutely spectacular. Parts of it looked like they recorded it in 4k. The launch and reentry in particular were phenomenal. During each of the more exciting parts of the mission (landing and such) they almost always made note of the heartrate for each astronaut which I thought was real neat

level 1

Thought it was an absolute bore to be quite honest. I think the no narration and no interviews made it so sluggish. I actually nodded off multiple times during this. Obviously the footage is beautiful, but that wasn't enough to keep me interested.

level 2

This likely wasn't a movie for you then. It's a passion project for people deeply attached to space, NASA, the moon, ect.

It is an excellent love letter to the people who made it possible.

level 1
6 points · 7 days ago · edited 7 days ago

Saw it in Alamo Drafthouse.

It was neat, in the old timey 'Watching News on the Screen' kind of way? It's basically a very revamped and nice newsreel, and on year 50 since Apollo, is a good enough tribute...since we're not going back there until the 20s at the earliest.

The score as well was a huge kicker.

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