Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood is a masterclass of storytelling and narration.

A man narrates stories of his life as a 10-year-old boy in 1969 Houston, weaving tales of nostalgia with a fantastical account of a journey to the moon.

Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Childhood is a prime example of investing and beautiful storytelling, the film is about a man narrating stories of his life when he was 10 years old living in 1969 Houston and talks about how nostalgic he was and his journey to land on the moon. Right off the bat the animation is quite beautiful it has this style to it that strangely feels nostalgic which is a huge theme of the film, so it matches quite perfectly here. The film is a coming of age story that’s also a look at the daily lives of the people living in Houston during the time, this is a type of element that I absolutely love when films do and this is no exception. The film gives the characters a very grounded feel that’s probably due to the film actually being loosely based on the childhood of Richard Linklater (the film’s director, writer and producer.) which I found just absolutely fascinating, what of the strongest parts about the film is Jack Black’s narration especially combined with the nostalgia feel, I was not expecting to feel so relaxed by this film but the narration did just that. It’s the type of narration where you could sit and listen to it for hours on end and never get sick of it, the narration feels like you are actually having a conversation with adult Stanley and he’s sharing his experiences with you. Lastly there’s Richard Linklater’s direction and writing which is the cherry on top, it’s truly some of the most grounded and beautifully done writing so far this year, it really blends all of the film’s elements together to create something absolutely spectacular. It captures the feel of the time of the moon landing and it captures time passing in general, it’s truly well done film from beginning to end!

Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood is available on Netflix!

10/10 A+

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