A review of “In the Shadow of the Moon” by Jeanne Aufmuth


Stars: ****

Rating: PG for mild language

Run Time: 1 hour, 36 minutes



To say these guys still have the Right Stuff is an overwhelming understatement. Ten former astronauts, all who can claim an intimate relationship with the moon, are far more than talking heads in David Sington’s awe-inspiring documentary.

I was moved to tears a dozen times as history unfurled onscreen; spotlighting the Cold War-era mavericks who raced to get Americans to the moon, the brave souls who risked life and limb to travel a quarter of a million miles from earth’s surface, and the moon itself, a shadowy, desolate place graced with an eerie majesty.

Treasured footage from the NASA’s 1960s heydays (hello Apollo!) is a stimulating watch while the astronauts themselves – a surprisingly down-to-earth bunch -- dig deep to put extraordinary feelings into words.

But “Moon” moves beyond words to create the ultimate shining valentine to the humanity of those who dared to explore the unknown.