Apollo 11 (2019)

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Rating
G
Run Time
1 hour 33 minutes

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Movie Review

Review of: Apollo 11 (2019)
documentary:
Todd Douglas Miller

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Rating:
5
On April 19, 2019
Last modified:April 19, 2019

Summary:

This documentary tells the story of the Apollo 11 moon landing with NASA footage and photographs of the astronauts and their familes.

Documentarian Todd Douglas Miller’s film provides the viewer with a you-are-there feeling in this chronicle of the history making moon mission. He has culled through hours and hours of NASA and news footage, boiling it down to its brief one and a half hours. We see the massive tractor pulling the skyscraper-high Saturn rocket to its launching pad. There are the many shots of the rows and rows of monitors and technicians at Mission Control, the white-suited astronauts walking to the missile, the Cape Canaveral crowds of on-lookers eagerly awaiting lift-off.

Miller uses no narrator or expert talking heads. He lets the images and the participants speak for themselves. To provide a little background of the astronauts—Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins—he inserts numerous photos of their family lives. We hear their comments and some of the chatter of the NASA technicians, as well as the 1962 speech of the man whose bold vision set into motion this venture, President John F. Kennedy, as well as the congratulations of President Nixon to the crew. And of course, there are those awesome shots of the moon, the Earth from the Moon, and Armstrong’s

Beyond recalling a shining period in our past, the film stands as a witness to what teamwork, inspired by a bold vision, can achieve. The film makes us aware that such teamwork is rare in our polarized society, but still gives us hope that it can be revived when we as a people return to our “better angels.”

No questions for this film.

 

This documentary tells the story of the Apollo 11 moon landing with NASA footage and photographs of the astronauts and their familes.

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