In the Shadow of the Moon
The movie that I literally drug “Z” to see. However, despite his protest, most of which were exaggerated, I think he truly enjoyed this movie. I found it to be extraordinary. Most of these surviving astronauts of the Apollo Moon Project participated in this documentary, with the notable exception of Neil Armstrong. For whatever reason, Armstrong has become so reclusive and/or protective of his privacy that he does not want to be interviewed.
However, despite his absence, the personal story told by these men was as enlightening as it was moving. This documentary reflects the growth of a film form that owes its heart and soul to Michael Moore. It literally entertains while it educates.
It is hard to believe how these men flew repeatedly to the moon and back simply because a visionary President (President Kennedy) challenged the country to accomplish this task within ten years. The interviews with these men was frequently mesmerizing. Allen Bean (II) was folksy and humorous; James Lovell was spiritual and poetic; and Michael Collins (the pilot of the first moon landing, Apollo Nine) told a moving story about how the world responded to that initial moon landing. He noted how the response from every country was “We Did It”, as opposed to “You Americans Did It.” If we could only recover that universal sense of feeling today.
Lastly, the only men who have looked back on earth as it hangs empty in space reminded us how fragile our tiny little planet is. It’s time to remember their exploits, and furthermore to apply their thoughts in approaching sound policies in preserving our fragile environment.