Listen: Neil Armstrong, Janet Armstrong, Ryan Gosling discussed on Morning Edition
"It's morning edition from NPR news. I'm Steve Inskeep. And I'm Noel king. Good morning. It was one of the most dangerous missions in history. Landing a man on the moon. Ryan Gosling stars as Neil Armstrong in the new film. I man it tells the dramatic history leading up to the Apollo eleven flight. This isn't just another trip. Neil. Was going to work to come back. Risks. But we have every intention coming back. Film critic Kenneth Turan joins us from our studios at NPR west. Ken, welcome good to be here. All right. So this is one of those movies that critics are calling and experience. Why is that? How did you feel leaving the theater? Well, I mean, it's this is again, a film you've got to see on the biggest screen you can find because this is a film about intense to kind of immerse you in what happened. You know, you get a sense of how these guys are kind of they call them like they're in the tin cans up. There will be a lot of people's cars are sturdier than two spacecraft looks and it's just kind of terrified. This movie I man is directed by Damian Chazelle who also directed whiplash and LA La Land. I know you are impressed by how immersive this movie felt how did he pull that off? How did he make you feel like you were there everything that could be real was made real everything is the same size? They had to make slight modifications to the capsule because of a height of the actors, Ryan Gosling even learned to fly. So kind of have a sense of what Neil Armstrong life was like before. He was an astronaut well Ryan Gosling is known for his commitment to his characters. What did you think about his performance in this movie? You believe he's Neil Armstrong. And this is an interesting thing to say because new Armstrong is a pulled in guy. New Armstrong is not Mr. Congeniality. But Ryan Gosling manages to make the character interesting. He's an actor with an enormous amount of presence. He really just even when he still you want to watch him and very much goes on here. Does this movie give us any insight into his private life? Oh, yeah. I mean, there's a lot of that. This was made with the full co op. Operation of Armstrong's family. The see the personal stuff that affected him. The film begins with the death of his two year old daughter to cancer, and there's a wonderful scene with Foy places wife, Janet Armstrong, and there's a wonderful scene where he's pointing to leave for this moon voyage and not sit down with his two boys and tell them, you know, on this thing, I might not be coming back. And she really read them the riot act. She says you have to sit down and talk to them. It's a very powerful seed often, the wives can be very two dimensional. They're worried. They're frantic. They want you to come home safe. It sounds like clear for pulls off something more nuanced in this movie in some way. She's the most interesting character in the film. She doesn't go to the moon, but her emotions are very strong. The film almost comes more alive. Emotionally, whenever she's on the screen when when she's not we should note that this movie's release does not come without some controversy, the movie omits a scene where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin plant the flag. On the moon. What what do you think? Well, you know when you see the American flag in a shot. It's not like they try and make believe there was no American flag planted. They don't show you. The planting flag moment, this film want you to see the stuff, you don't know. So I think they just because it's such a everyone knows that moment. They almost Trump. They didn't need to deal with it. Kenneth Turan reviews movies for morning edition, and the Los Angeles Times we've been talking to him about I man starring Ryan Gosling and Claire."