First Man, a movie about Neil Armstrong, seems to turn its nose at celebrating American patriotism, which is sad, given how U.S. excellence made that moment possible, believes Jonah Goldberg of National Review. Ryan Gosling, the movie’s main actor, said that the moment the American flag was planted on the Moon was avoided as it was seen as an achievement for all of humanity, not just one country. This reflects the growing left-wing abandonment of patriotism. The Moon landing was a product of the space race with Russia, and America’s determination to win it. Pride in one’s country shouldn’t only be a conservative attribute.
The controversy surrounding the lack of a flag-planting scene in First Man, a film about Neil Armstrong, is exaggerated and misinformed, argues Adam Epstein of Quartz. It all started from a Marco Rubio tweet, which pointed out that this iconic scene isn’t included in the film. What Rubio and others, most of whom haven’t seen the film, don’t understand is that the film is still deeply patriotic with much American iconography. The movie celebrates Armstrong, as well as his Americanness. The film’s director Damien Chazelle explained that this wasn’t done for political reasons but cinematic ones. The backlash was far from warranted.