We haven’t seen “First Man,” the film in which Ryan Gosling portrays Neil Armstrong, but we’ll let our film critic Stephen Miller (hey, he went to a women-only screening of “Wonder Woman” and praised it) have his say:

You remember the flag controversy; Gosling told the press the reason the planting of the American flag on the moon wasn’t depicted in the film was that the moon landing “was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement” and not just an American one (a theory shot to hell by Chuck Yeager and Buzz Aldrin).

True, but:

Actually, it’s possible to stay away from the film thinking it’s too patriotic. Slate writer Mark Joesph Stern was glad the film tanked (it landed in third place over the weekend, pulling in just $16.5 million) and went on a mini-rant about indoctrinating kids with NASA propaganda:

And what was scientific genius Clock Boy wearing the day he was arrested for bringing his “cool clock” to school? A NASA T-shirt, that’s what. The indoctrination is real.

And seriously: how many billions have been spent on the “War on Poverty” since the 1960s, and what do we have to show for it?


We wonder just how bad the flag controversy was for the box office take; it certainly didn’t help. But word on the street is it’s very patriotic … maybe worth a look?