Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D
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Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D
Twelve men who belong to one of the world's most exclusive fraternities -- people who've walked on the surface of the moon -- are paid homage in this documentary. Using newsreel footage, rare NASA photographs, and digitally animated re-creations, Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon examines the Apollo missions between 1969 and 1972 which put astronauts on the moon. In addition to explaining the technological know-how necessary to take our fliers to the moon, the film shares the thoughts of astronauts about what they saw and experienced in space, taken from their speeches and… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon is an earnest but insubstantial Imax 3-D spectacle that, even at 40 minutes, seems unduly padded."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Adults will be more than passably entertained by this short, patriotic feature, and kids will be entranced."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"This is a mesmerizing film that serves as a reminder of just how amazing our country's space exploration has been."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Go see Magnificent Desolation on the giant IMAX screen and Tom Hanks will moon-rock your world."
‑ Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-News
"condensing the moon program into roughly 60 minutes is a pretty impressive feat. Giving you the feeling of actually being part of it is even more impressive"
‑ Norm Schrager,
"The illusion is impressive but incomplete, and therefore mildly disappointing. But I cannot deny having felt a little nervous when 'we' were standing too close to the edge at the Grand Canyon-like Hadley Rille. So clearly I am a liar."
‑ Anita Gates, New York Times
"Playful, inspirational."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"It's a stirring and persuasive plug for resuming in-person space exploration -- and it's a lot of fun besides."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
""Magnificent," indeed."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"Tom Hanks' folksy narration could be intended to bury as much as praise the space program: Apollo missions belonged to an era of American optimism unlikely to be revisited."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"One of the astronauts describes his excitement during the lunar mission as 'like a kid playing in a sandbox.' Unfortunately, that could also sum up the film's visual content."
‑ David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Offers the most realistic approximation of a moon visit that Earthbound mortals have ever seen."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Overall, the production successfully maneuvers through 2D and 3D nearby-space with a playful spirit of curiosity, experiment and wonder."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"In a cinematic era in which seemingly any feat or place can be generated for the screen, it's what these men said -- in mundane exchanges and insightful retrospection -- that stirs one most."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Boxoffice Magazine
"As contrived as its title, Magnificent Desolation has the look and feel of a NASA fundraiser."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
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