Fifth about The Seventh

Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood

Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood: the journey to the Moon still ranks as one of the great feats of mankind, and Richard Linklater’s animated feature captures the sense of wonder of the moment, something that only those living as it happened can imagine. The film doesn’t really tell a story, per se, but captures the nostalgia of growing up in those times, mostly the minute details of the family life in suburban America. Those are mingled with the Apollo 11 mission, or its fantastic counterpart (which existence is sweetly justified). The animation, in rotoscoping style, feels like a good choice, since it mixes fantasy and realism: the detail of changing texture (giving it a more grainy look) and aspect ratio of archival footage is a very nice touch. The voice acting is quite good, with the cast-at-large giving naturalistic performances, and Jack Black, who offers the narration, is quietly warm. Music selection is as extensive as it is excellent, which is to say very.

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