For this post I decided to keep it close to home and interview my older…
This weekend I was able to see the new Tom Hanks Imax Movie that I blogged about on September 1. The film itself was very well done and the 3d effect was captivating. I was slightly disappointed by the expensive price per ticket with such a short runtime. The cost per Adult ticket was $11.00 and the films runtime was only 40 minutes. I understand that putting together an Imax 3d Movie is more expensive than a normal film, but this puts the cost slightly outside of my comfort level for entertainment.
The film was probably worth the expensive ticket price. Magnificent Desolation does a great job creating the feeling of actually being on the moon. They also highlight a number of excellent points about the space program and our youth being unable to name any astronauts who’ve walked on the moon. “Lance Armstrong” was offered up by a young student as the first man to walk on the moon.
Prior to seeing this film I could only name three of the 12 Astronauts who’ve walked on the moon; Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Alan Shepard.
The full list:
20 July, 1969- Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin
19 November, 1969- Charles Conrad, Alan Bean
05 February, 1971 – Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell
30 July, 1971 – James Irwin, David Scott
21-23 April, 1972 – Charles Duke, John Young
11-13 Dec 1972 – Harrison Schmitt, Eugene Cernan
In doing more research on this subject I found an interesting article on how the men of the Apollo program never really bonded.
“I do wish that the group of us who went there had a closer camaraderie,” [Buzz] Aldrin said prior to an invitation-only screening for an audience of space scientists of Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D.
Aldrin speculated that the lack of togetherness and sharing by his fellow moonmen isn’t just due to macho pride, but rather to intense NASA training. Astronauts were conditioned to suppress their emotions, so they wouldn’t get in the way of work.
The movie is highly supported by hollywood with Morgan Freeman, John Travolta, Matt Damon, Paul Newman and Scott Glenn lending their voices to the project. The film is also supported by Lockheed Martin.
If you enjoy the cheesy 3D glasses are are able to stomach the high ticket price, this is a must see. I would give it a thumbs up.