Quick recap: The mostly true story of America’s first astronauts. And Chuck Yeager, because why not?
Fun (?) fact: The astronaut suits were made of leftover fabric and pieces from Cher’s costumes.
My thoughts: I had every intention of loving The Right Stuff, but in the end I just couldn’t do it. What’s not to love, you ask. It’s historical, there are great performances, the music is spectacular and above all, JEFF GOLDBLUM.
I think what ultimately bored me was a lack of suspense. I know, it’s history, and I’m certainly glad director Philip Kaufman didn’t just add an explosion for the hell of it. But there has to be something more than:
a) John Glenn’s wife having a stutter and vice president Johnson wanting to meet with her
b) Gordo being the very last astronaut to go up in space
c) Alan Shapard really needing to pee
d) Gus’s hatch blowing off…..or did it?
John Glenn’s malfunction was the only heartstopping part of the movie, which lasted for 3 hours, mind you. It’s an interesting story, sure. But just not worth my time. Now, with the Chuck Yeager b plot, I have no idea why he was thrown in there but I’m glad he was. I would’ve gladly spent hours watching a biography about him, but only if Sam Shepard can play him. That man can do no wrong in my eyes. Aside from the Yeager throwaways, the movie felt disjointed as a whole. There were really silly comedic parts and avant garde camera shots that just didn’t match with the historical tone of the movie. Pick a lane and stick with it, Kaufman. Movies aren’t meant to be a buffet.
Final review: 3/5
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