Review of 'Apollo 11'

apollo_11.jpg “Apollo 11” is a documentary that tells the story of the first manned mission to the moon using newly discovered footage that has been painstakingly restored to theatrical brilliance. It is only the audio that is occasionally difficult to make out – the visuals, for the most part, are simply amazing and must really be experienced on the big screen to fully appreciate. The only narration is audio from the footage itself so it makes for a contemplative look at one of mankind's most amazing successes. Interestingly, the film makes clear that there were difficulties that continually arose throughout the mission that those involved needed to react and put right. It was never “clear sailing” by any stretch.

Even for those who remember watching the mission on television will find this film fascinating as it brings together many sources to tell a linear story from the days leading up to the launch to the astronaut's return to earth, including their days in isolation. It looks absolutely amazing and really gives us an idea of what it was like and what really happened – warts and all.

An enthralling and riveting film telling the story of one of the biggest events of all time.

Rating: “I have absolutely no complaints”

Review Date: 2019-08-01

Directed by: Todd Douglas Miller

Studio: CNN Films

Year: 2019

Length: 93 minutes

Genre: Documentary