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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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I was fortunate enough to be able to see it in IMAX at the air and space museum today, as they held on to it longer.

I was blown away. There were way too many times during that movie that I had to remind myself it was real footage and not something made via CGI, practical special effects, and so on. Especially with the launch sequence.

level 1

The Editing! Holy shit, the docking scene at the end, the amount of time and talent it must have taken to make it into that Interstellar-level scene. And it was filmed half a century ago.

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Is this a joke? Or are you literally retarded?

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3 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

I enjoyed this.

Like everyone else has stated, the launch and tension when the jets fire up is intense. They also use this angle of the rocket climbing into the sky in slow motion, which was simply amazing and you feel like you are really there (which begs the question, why did they keep cutting away to crowd shots instead of just following the progress of the rocket?).

Another scene I enjoyed immensely was probably within the first 15 minutes when you see the faces of Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins in such great detail. Their expressions of confidence mixed with a bit of pensiveness is absolutely compelling.

I do see how one could fall asleep during this movie, as the mission control voices are a bit of an effort to follow, and a little too technical for casual viewers.

Nonetheless, seeing this mission in such great detail and looking at the sheer amount of technical expertise from NASA to make this happen is just dumbfounding.

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Anyone else cry when they detached Eagle for the last time? 😭😭😭

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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 2

Could have sworn I saw Steve McQueen at one point.

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

Hey. On their official twitter it supposed to go to Blue Ray and Digital on May 14th!

level 3

Fuck yeah! Thanks for such a late reply, you the man!

level 4

Did you get it? I'm watching it now and it is very good, I'm really liking it.

level 5

Almost forgot about it. Where did you get it? Probably picking it up today but don’t know where to look

level 6

Amazon US has it available in hard copy. I would recommend you hold off a bit though - it's finally releasing in cinemas on June the 28th here in the UK, so the rest of Europe may be getting it on the big screen around the same time.

level 7

Alright i will look out for it

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

Nixon had some pretty good speechwriters, among them William Safire. Safire also wrote the famous memo/speech IN EVENT OF MOON DISASTER that Nixon was to read if the mission failed in a way that would lead to the deaths of the astronauts.

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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

The reason why Nixon's call to them was so short was because Frank Borman (Apollo 8) advised him to keep it short. They had the opinion that the whole moon mission was Kennedy's legacy and didn't want Nixon to make it about himself. He actually had something longer planned originally.

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

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

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