But the spin in Variety was nuttier than a pound of peanut butter. Its headline read, "‘First Man’ Blues: How 40 Years of ‘Star Wars’ Killed the Mystery of the Moon Shot."
Blame Star Wars.
Yes, that's the ticket.
How can a film America's space program compare with the fictions of Death Stars and what not?
Variety said, "The ultimate effect of the Star Wars movies was to revolutionize American film culture by transforming it from something reality-based into something fantasy-based.
"Space, which had once been a real place, became the setting for our new fundamentalist pop mythology. And one of the effects of that was to rob the moon landing of any quality of mystery — and, indeed, to displace it in our imaginations, not because it would ever be less than an extraordinary achievement, but because in 1969 it had a quality of awe, but now it had the aura of an ancient dusty prequel to the kinetic space opera we were all carrying around in our heads.
"The ads for 'First Man' feature the bizarrely unappealing line, 'Experience the impossible journey to the moon.' Leaving aside that the line should have been something like, 'It took a human hero to go out of this world,' that ad copy inadvertently captures the staggering challenge that 'First Man' ended up confronting in the marketplace: Who wants to see a movie about an 'impossible' journey that we all know was, in fact, more than possible because it happened? Landing on the moon once seemed miraculous, transcendent, the stuff of dreams. The sad reality is that for too many people, it now seems boring."
Oddly enough "The Right Stuff" and "Apollo 13" were successes.
Maybe they should have planted the flag. A little patriotism now and then helps because not every American is ashamed of America.
Some of us are quite proud of our nation and its out-of-the-world acomplishments.
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