Director Todd Douglas Miller’s idea for Apollo 11 was simple: Take the viewer inside the first manned lunar landing 50 years ago on July 20, 1969. It took exhaustive research, extensive restoration and a gift for sucking in the viewer with a mix of awe and raw emotion. Using archival NASA footage and audio, some of which had never been seen or heard in public before, Miller lets the images tell the story while the audio provides the emotion-filled details. Apollo 11 is an absorbing, emotional rollercoaster — from the anxious launch to the unprecedented thrill of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s giddy exploration of the powdery surface to their relieved splashdown on July 24. Talk about a movie that deserves to be seen on the Plaza Theatre’s 43-by-20-foot screen.
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