Seen it. Sorry to say I did not find it successful as a movie.
A number of choices of the film maker came off as trying too hard to make their point, rather than letting the action and characters tell the story.
I’ll start off by saying I was a huge space program nerd as a kid. Now that I think about it, I sorta get the whole Star Wars nerd thing. The difference for my generation was we had actual real life space travel and heros to be nerdy about, not fictional ones. But that is a discussion for another time. So, anyway, that is to say I was very interested in seeing this.
I couldn’t buy Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong. To me I couldn’t get over his “lover boy” persona, he just doesn’t carry the middle America strong silent type male for me. He played the part, as an acting job, he was stoic as all get out, but it still looked like acting to me. Part of the problem of playing someone who “doesn’t let people in” is that it makes it hard for the audience to be “let in” with the character. All of the intimate closeups of his blank face just didn’t hook me.
It was almost as if the “A” story in the movie was the Armstrong marriage relationship and the impact of the loss of their child (and friends), while the “B” story was the space program stuff. The result ended up being a very sad/downer experience. We didn’t get to have any highs from his accomplishments, instead it felt like “Oh, I’m depressed, here I am stepping on the moon. Boo hoo, I miss my daughter.” Yikes.
Also, every flight sequence was all shaky noisy rattly for long periods. I get that this is probably accurate historically, and was meant to portray the dangers, but as film making it didn’t serve to build the necessary tension (followed by a release). The dialog (what there was of it) often didn’t come through in these scenes, which is just kinda annoying.
Would I recommend it? Hmmmmmmmm…