Tuesday 16 July 2019

Apollo 11 review: Lean and focused commemorative documentary quietly debunks all the nonsense

4 stars

Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

Many myths and crackpot conspiracy theories have agglomerated around the Apollo 11 mission over the years, and this lean and focused commemorative documentary quietly debunks all that nonsense.

Dispensing with talking heads and retrospective context, Todd Douglas Miller’s film uses digitally scanned archive footage of the launch, the flight, the moonwalk and the watching technicians below to illustrate what a breathtaking achievement Apollo 11 was.

Again one is struck by the homemade look of the lunar module, with landing gear that looks like it’s been wrapped in tin foil, and the inhuman sang froid of Neil Armstrong, who seemed born for a task no human had ever attempted before.

(G, 93mins)

Irish Independent

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