Although Damian Chazelle's work is often the subject of a backlash - 'La La Land', for example, was dragged over coals because of how it handled jazz - the backlash usually comes after the movie has been on release.
Still, selective outrage waits for no one and it looks like there's some controversy growing surrounding 'First Man'. The movie, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival to glowing reviews, follows the mission to send Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon in 1969.
While the movie has been praised for its authenticity and accuracy, one moment has been omitted from the movie which is the bugbear of a number of American commentators - namely, Armstrong planting the American flag. Not surprisingly, the majority of the voices against this are right-wing politicians such as Marco Rubio and Fox & Friends.
Of course, what's hilarious about all of this is the fact that the American flag can be seen in the movie several times, but the actual moment of planting it was left out. Not only that, most of these dumbasses haven't even watched the movie and are feigning outrage over it.
For their part, both Damian Chazelle and Ryan Gosling - as well as Neil Armstrong's own sons - have no issue with it. In a lengthy statement given to Variety, Rick and Mark Armstrong as well as the author of 'First Man', James R. Hansen pointed out that many of the comments made are by people who haven't seen the movie. More pointedly, they added that "the story is human and it is universal. Of course, it celebrates an America achievement. It also celebrates an achievement 'for all mankind,' as it says on the plaque Neil and Buzz left on the moon."
Gosling, meanwhile, echoed similar sentiments, saying that "this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement (and) that’s how we chose to view it. I also think Neil was extremely humble, as were many of these astronauts, and time and time again he deferred the focus from himself to the 400,000 people who made the mission possible."
The movie arrives in Irish cinemas on October 12th.