“First Man,” the true story of how America won the space race and put astronauts on the moon, debuted at the Venice Film Festival this weekend.
It’s been earning raves from critics.
With 18 reviews counted on Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an 89 percent fresh score.
Many potential ticket buyers, however, are not too pleased at all with one aspect of the upcoming film.
Though it’s about one of the most important moments in American history, “First Man” has reportedly omitted from the movie the precious moment when the American flag was planted on the moon.
Star Ryan Gosling, who plays Neil Armstrong in the film, defended the decision about that issue to the press while at the Venice Film Festival.
“I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement, [and] that’s how we chose to view it,” the actor said.
“I also think Neil was extremely humble,” he said, “as were many of these astronauts, and time and time again he deferred the focus from himself to the 400,000 people who made the mission possible.”
If that rambling non-answer didn’t make any sense at all to you, don’t worry — you’re not alone.
Many people took to social media to criticize the odd decision.
If that rambling non-answer didn’t make any sense to you, don’t worry — you’re not alone.
They also blasted the film for so aggressively avoiding celebrating America as a country when it had the perfect opportunity to do so. The planting of the American flag was what happened, after all.
Two-time Academy Award nominee James Woods was one of those who blasted the decision on Twitter.
But why not just present the facts as they were? I think Ryan Gosling is a wonderful actor, but omitting the seminal moment in the midst of mankind’s greatest achievement seems a purposeful denigration of the 400,000 Americans who accomplished it. https://t.co/K6SldeBkPA
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) August 31, 2018
Nick Searcy, “Justified” actor and the director of the upcoming “Gosnell” film, also took issue with the film’s scrubbing of the American flag from its story.
You really have to be creative to find a way to alienate half of America with a movie about Neil Armstrong. Hollywood found a way. https://t.co/0EP0T4fBuO
— Nick Searcy, INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) August 31, 2018
Plenty of others have expressed similar outrage.
A film about Neil Armstrong landing on the moon, and they pretend he didn’t post an American flag. Reprehensible. https://t.co/j7VsrOPoVH
— Michael Q Sullivan (@MQSullivan) August 30, 2018
The hashtag #boycottfirstman was also started on Twitter.
This could spell bad news for the film when it debuts in theaters on October 12.
The new Neil Armstrong biopic "First Man" does not show the planting of the American Flag on the moon. This was done intentionally. What's going on in Hollywood ? I am not going to see this movie. The producers should add this scene before its release !#FirstMan #BoycottFirstMan pic.twitter.com/M9IVy5nLhW
— Fred Dixon (@FredCFO) August 31, 2018
Once again, Hollywood is showing their true colors. Apparently, depicting history accurately isn't as important as making sure that the American Flag is omitted. #BoycottFirstMan
— Carl R Stenger IV (@crstengeriv) August 31, 2018
— Happy McMiserable (@Proptaxlawyer) August 30, 2018
No American flag planting? No thanks. #boycottFirstMan
— aurx (@aurx89) August 31, 2018
“First Man” is written and directed by Damien Chazelle, who announced when he joined Twitter last year that his sole purpose for being on the social media site was to express his discontent with President Donald Trump.
Chazelle’s last two features, “Whiplash” and “La La Land,” were both nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award.
He won the Best Director Academy Award for “La La Land.”
Check out the trailer for “First Man” in the video just below here: