Apollo 11

Cos I’m of an age that landing on the moon was supposed to appeal our idealism the most. Cos we created our own command module using the lino in the bottom of the arts cupboard in Class 4. Cos we were woken up in the middle of the night to watch the landing on TV. Cos I’ve kept watching the movies (e.g. First Man and Apollo 13) and the documentaries that explained the mission, and the failures of the Russian programme. So I knew I had to see this film.

But if I though I knew it, was there anything left to learn? Oh yes –
– the portrayal of the power of the Saturn V rocket was better here than seen before;
– the top of the LEM looked tattier than I imagined it, and it looked fragile;
– the landing felt quicker;
– the photos of the moonwalk were better than I remember seeing;
– the rejoin of the CSM and the LM seemed more astonishing than ever before; the true wonder of the mission;
– amazing that they could adjust the splash down site, and miss the new arrival point by only 2 miles.

With the sound of JFK setting a new ambition or the country fresh in the mind, Apollo 11 is the kind of film that makes you see street life outside the cinema in a new way.
Cos we have a new challenge – to save our planet for our current life.
And we need the kind of leaders who can see the necessity of meeting this new challenge, convey the new challenge in a way that people get, and mobilise people to deliver.

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