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Ryan Gosling in "First Man." (Universal Pictures)

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“First Man” seems to suggest that Neil Armstrong came to prefer the moon than anywhere on Earth. The physical and mental toll that space exploration required was better than the emotional pain that this world inflicted, specifically the death of his little girl. We’re also transported by Armstrong’s mission. We get the thrills. But to his credit, director Damien Chazelle is far more interested in the man behind the legend, that quiet obsession, than the spectacle.

Seth is a features writer at The Gazette, covering the outdoors and the people and places that make Colorado colorful.

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