First Man (2018)
Starting in medias res and running straight into familiar biopic quagmires of family problems and the wife left behind, First Man takes a little while to really get going. There is quite a bit of NASA diplomacy and technicalities during the film's first third, and add to that Ryan Gosling's usual underplayed acting style, it takes some time before we really start rooting for Neil Armstrong. The film finally takes off (sic) once Armstrong and co-pilot David Scott embark on the Gemini 8 mission. And from then on, First Man is a taut, suspenseful and at times momentous document of an unprecedented historical era. There's melancholy in getting to share the sense of hope and future that these young men had in the wake of their accomplishments. I doubt that the next 50 years unfolded the way they had envisioned.