Excerpt: Miller has used this pristine, richly colored footage wisely, letting it speak for itself. There is no narration. There are no talking heads. There is just a sterling, 93 minute recreation of one of mankind’s most miraculous technological feats…
Excerpt: Apollo 11 has the ability to give you a sense of wonder about real life. It’s one of the best documentaries of the year (decade?) because it doesn’t feel like a documentary at all — it’s a bold and breathtaking exercise in storytelling.
Excerpt: It’s almost unbelievable that Apollo 11 is made solely of archive footage. Every shot and camera move feels so intentional. It’s been 25 years since Hoop Dreams became the first and only documentary to be nominated for Best Film Editing at the Oscars. It looks like it’s time for another to join its ranks.
Excerpt: It’s amazing to think that there can still be so much previously unseen footage from the biggest television event in history, and yet here we are at the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with a bus-load of new documentaries claiming new takes, new interviews and, yes, new footage.
Excerpt: This astonishing assemblage of vintage footage, some never before seen, may be unspoilable (we know how it ends) but it’s still hugely suspenseful, and beautifully immersive visually and emotionally.