2 thoughts on “Apollo 11”

  1. I watched it a couple of days back and it was awesome. My fiancé asked me if it was a documentary. Certainly it is But it is really more than that. On the IMAX and with only Walter Cronkite’s historic commentary, it is more of an experience, like you are there, rather than a traditional documentary. I highly recommend it.

  2. The lovely KfK and I saw this tonight, and try as I might, I cannot do justice to its excellence. Even the most eloquent reviewers, expressing the most effusive praise, come nowhere near doing justice to this film. From the standpoint of film editing, this has to be the number one of all time. And it is unashamedly pro-American, something I would not have expected of a CNN production. It isn’t “anti” anyone. Not just pro-American, but pro-human being.

    I was 15 when Apollo 11 happened, and had been following every flight since Alan Shepard on Mercury-Redstone 1 (in fact, Shepard’s Apollo 14 flight was the first rocket launch I ever saw in person).

    In August of 1969, my grandmother took my sister, my oldest male cousin, and me on a four week, multi-country tour of Europe. In the movie, there are several references to the world being “one” at this time. Well, it was true. In every country we visited, we as Americans were congratulated, treated with respect, and even more so, treated with a shared delight in this accomplishment. None of it was phony, it was all genuine. Even the French were appreciative.

    Apollo accomplished its primary goal of stomping the USSR into oblivion. There is no reason to repeat an Apollo-type program, since the US is the clear leader in technical prowess, and there is no actual competition in the field anymore anyway. But I do think that Apollo’s principal accomplishment (and why I’m glad we did it) was that we showed it could be done. As far as I’m concerned, breaking down that psychological barrier was worth the cost by itself.

    See this movie. It is a masterpiece.

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