This is a documentary which would be a treasure for the science enthusiasts. We get to see the rare and unimaginable clips of the pictures and motion pictures taken by the astronauts and by the NASA during the missions. It is an experience to view those and get the feeling to see hanging desolated and serene particle is our earth suspended as a light in the darkness of space. The dashing blue of the ocean, white clouds of heaven shying the brown rugged beauty of land are seen from a distance only very few encountered in this era of humans. For that, David Sington directed “In the Shadow of the Moon” is something to be vaulted into the everlasting journey of humans. As a documentary film, it just might tip your patience around the mid and the final ten minutes regains control to unite us as it supposed to into the interesting and moving reminder of our existence.
The up close shots of those men seeps pleasantly their emotions through their wrinkled expressions to straighten up in delight, passion and nostalgic. The film is a good thing for once to sit back and look at those times. The precious times when for political drive and scientific thirst, lot of people sat for their own and for others, country and earth to build umpteen rockets, lost people and still kept on going to do something which marked humans as one for once. Technology as our lives and body has taken to be granted now a day. There is a sense of those when we see the documentary and especially when Alan Bean tells that it is good that we have weather. It is good to breathe, it is good to see people, it is good to buy an ice cream and enjoy it while melts. It is good to be alive and write this.
Despite brining the feeling they anticipated, the documentary loses the grip in the midst of the details of the step by step journey of the first ever landing on the moon. The men who patiently, modestly and quite openly admitting what they went through and what they did not as many would assume, is a clean feel of air in a documentary where there are possibilities of making it a reality drama. But it should not have elongated more than seventy five minutes. I wonder why even after giving me the satisfaction of something invisibly appealing, it fell short. May be I have started to take technology for granted more than I supposed to. The feel of instantly reaching any one anywhere in this world has mesmerized me in to the sweet curvature of fantasy land where to get amused by these things go flat and steady after a while. But this is a movie to be cherished for the epic voyage it gives us and to take the times of those moments when the whole world watching the TV for those steps in to the foreign body indeed brings goose pumps.
They did address what I wanted more of. The feeling out there of being one and alone and appreciate the stillness of that unknown surface, the entire population can only imagine while those few felt it for real. They tangentially touch it but not dig deep into it. I would have also loved to see how much their life changed. I did not ask for a dramatic movie but to finally conclude that they are humans and they did something no one could ever do. Quite true, but every one could not do everything and punctuating that along with their post Apollo 11 experience in further would have given another dimension. But I will not complain much as I generally will for most other movies which gave some sluggishness, for the fact that I am alive and breathing and will cherish it as Alan Bean says.