Our founder, Sutansyah Marahakim watched this so-called “Oscar-worthy” movie and have a few things to say about it.
I really do love this movie because it can convey the character of the “First Man” on the moon.
But I believe the faithfulness to the title becomes the reason why this film might not be for everyone.
Generally, the film is slowly paced and moody. Maybe because it wants to reflect Neil’s actual character; a stoic man with minimum expression. I understand this decision, but somehow it is too realistic and gives little excitement for popcorn movie audience (myself included).
At the end of the film though, I began to understand more. His silent responses and cold stares are due to his huge loss, which was actually shown early in the movie. Nothing fascinates him anymore, even going to the moon. Because he already lost the one truly important to him.
Finally, it was shown on the resolution scene, that the whole journey to the moon is much more personal for Neil.
As he let the bracelet fell, I understand that it is not about the world, or his team, or making history.
It is a journey of letting go.