Movie Review – Fly Me to the Moon

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Cole Davis (Channing Tatum) and Kelly Jones (Scarlett Johansson) in FLY ME TO THE MOON.

The Moon. You see it almost every night, it is our closest celestial neighbour that you can see the surface of with the naked eye, it contributes to tides, Gru once stole it, and in the entire history of the humanity only 12 people have set foot on it. And in 2026 we are going back thanks to the Artemis missions with NASA to build a permanent moon base. But the latest film from Apple Studios and Sony aims to take us back to the beginning.

Not the first but what looks to be one of many Apple Original films coming to cinemas with Sony is the new rom-com’ish film with Magic Mike and Black Widow playing pivotal (fictional) roles from the beginning of the space race to the Moon with the early Apollo missions..

For those who don’t know NASA was founded in 1958 and was spurred on in creation as a response to the Russian launch of Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite put into orbit. Founded to ensure the superiority of American aviation it took over the previous agencies mission with rockets NASA really caught the attention of the American people in1962 when the very charismatic president JFK said they were going to send a man to the moon before the end of the decade.

Fly Me to the Moon is set in an absolutely not based on a real story world by loosely set adjacent to actual events, which makes for a nice blending of film and archive footage from the early Apollo missions and Cocoa Beach in some scenes. Getting closer to the Apollo 11 manned mission to the Moon NASA has a tiny bit of a PR problem as the public has fallen a little out of love with Space and stuff like the Vietnam war is on the news daily.

Enter PR/Marketing/possible Con-Woman – Natasha Romanov recruited by the office of the President (Richard Nixon) to give NASA a makeover and keep the funding wheels coming from congress greased.

A little mix of a few elements including the conspiracy theory that the moon landing was faked Fly Me to the Moon is a little bit Romcom between Molly Pruitt from Home Alone 3 (ok that is a pretty deep cut, you would be forgiven for not knowing that one… or that there was a Home Alone 3) and the NASA Flight Director played by Duke from GI Joe.

While very VERY much not a documentary and the Moon landing was NOT faked in 1969 this one has enough humour and characters set against the NASA backdrop to make you want to rewatch a lot more early space stuff. As mentioned there is a number of scenes where the camera cuts to an outdoors of real footage of days when launches happened to accompany events in the film.

While an Apple Original film which may make you think this is a streaming film that has been distributed to cinemas this one is definitely a solid and made for a big screen film. Following from Apollo 9 to 11 there are a number of shots in this film with rocket launches that made us glad to see this in cinemas, especially in one that had the best sound when it came time to watch Apollo 11 lift off.

So should you go see it? If you love both a light romcom style film and space stuff this is going to tick both of those boxes. Easily one of the lighter comedies with Space Exploration as a backdrop this is not taking itself too seriously which is just the way it is meant to be enjoyed. But seriously, the rockets taking off was super cool and worth a hike to the cinema. In the meantime you can wait for earthlings to return to the moon in 2026.

Fly Me to the Moon is launching into Australia cinemas from July 11 (that’s today!)

Andrew B

Current Resident of Reality C-137. Possible Robot from Westworld. Does lots of random stuff.

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Andrew B
Current Resident of Reality C-137. Possible Robot from Westworld. Does lots of random stuff.
movie-review-fly-me-to-the-moonFly Me to the Moon is a Romcom that is light on the Rom but still delivers the Com as it takes us on a trip through the early days of NASA and more than a few of the hurdles they had to take outside of Rocket Science to get there. If you are looking for a date movie or even just a light watch with a whole bunch of rockets, this is worth one small step to the cinemas. P.S. You should hang around at the start of the credits for a pretty cool panning shot but you don't have to hang around right until the end.

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