Damien Chazelle’s Very Spiritual First Man

Wade —  October 24, 2018 —  Comments

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Last week, I talked about Damien Chazelle’s new film First Man on two different podcasts. It’s a wonderful picture in nearly every way—technically, narratively, and thematically. Specifically, I was surprised at the film’s spiritual focus.

First Man isn’t simply the tale of humanity’s journey to the moon, it’s an exploration of grief and the ways we find meaning and purpose in the midst of tragedy. It’s a film that longs for transcendence in the universe, highlighting how we often go about searching for this significance through ambition and accomplishment. From a Christian perspective, First Man is a deeply satisfying and spiritual story.

For more of my thoughts on the film, check out the links below:

Hear my review of First Man on Episode 173 of Seeing and Believing.
I also chatted with Steve Norton over at Screen Fish about Chazelle’s movie.