On this day 50 years ago, the whole world watched Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first-ever humans to set foot on the moon. Those two men—along with their pilot, Michael Collins—gained a perspective of our world that most of us can barely even conceptualize. But perhaps we can come closer than we ever had before, thanks to Todd Douglas Miller’s jaw-dropping documentary, Apollo 11, which is now streaming on Hulu.
Apollo 11 is 93 minutes of archival footage of the space mission, including some never-before-seen 70 mm film discovered by Miller’s production team, NASA, and the National Archives and Records Administration. It originally premiered at Sundance in January to rave reviews from critics, and came to theaters in March. The film takes you from the launch of the spacecraft at Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969 to its return splashdown in the Pacific Ocean eight days later. The images of the rocket, space, the moon are awesome in the true sense of the word, and if you can catch the film in IMAX—where it is playing in a few select theaters this weekend—you really should do it. But even if you watch this documentary on the Hulu app on your phone, it will be worth it.
More than just the celestial images—which, it’s worth remembering, are real, not CGI-enhanced special effects—this film gives audiences a true sense of what it was like to be on that eight-day mission. You’ll get to know Armstrong, Aldrin, and, yes, Collins—whose name is not quite as well remembered by history, but who had the crucial job of orbiting the moon solo while Armstrong and Aldrin were on the moon’s surface. You’ll be moved by the sheer collective power of humanity; by the hundreds of engineers and technicians and scientists who came together to pull off the seemingly impossible. You’ll forget, if only for a few hours, about all the terrible things humans have done and will have your faith restored in our country once more. (At least, you will until you finish the film and the reality of 2019 comes crashing back to you.)
Personally, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of mankind’s greatest achievements than with this one-of-a-kind documentary, so go ahead an queue it up in your Hulu library—even if you do so on your phone.
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