If you have the opportunity to see Apollo 11 in IMAX, DO IT! I think it’s only playing in Portland for a week. When it comes out on video it will still be worth seeing but the bigger the screen, the better. This film is on a scale unlike any other. That is not special effects ladies and gentlemen, that is a REAL ACTUAL SPACESHIP flying on a controlled explosion off the planet. I’ve been processing the effects of the movie all day.
If you have not heard of it, this is not a traditional documentary. There is no narrator (other than the mission control Public Affairs Officer). There are no interviews. It’s all cut from the original 1969 footage, some of it beautiful 70mm. By piecing together film from the capsule, Cape Canaveral, Mission Control, the crowd, the lander, etc., the director just lets the story tell itself. It pulls together everybody’s experiences to let you live through the gigantic 8-day event.
I can’t recommend this highly enough.