So glad you mentioned that. As a result, I think the moon sequence wasn’t as good as the other “action” sequences. It kind of got more conventional with its finale (although I love the sudden cut to complete silence when the hatch opens and Armstrong steps out of the lander). I suspect the Cinemascore crowd was happy to see so much spaceshippery before it was all over. It was also a bit too maudlin to have Armstrong crying in his helmet while dropping the bracelet into the crater. Chazelle probably didn’t intend to make me think of Rose in Titanic throwing the necklace into the sea, but that’s what happened.
So, uh, I knew that I knew Gus Grissom’s name from something.
Which resulted in me assuming he was the third guy on the Apollo 11 mission, otherwise, why would his name sound so familiar? “Cool,” I figured as the movie progressed, “so Ryan Gosling, Cory Stoll, and Shea Wigham are going to the moon!” So when the sparks started in the test sequence, and then the fire broke out, and then started to spread, my brain was thinking, “Well, uh, they’re going to get out because Gus Grissom is one of the main characters, isn’t he?”
Then there’s the shot of the hatch buckling from the outside. So that’s why I knew Gus Grissom’s name. :(