“I called the moon my home for three days of my life, and I’m here to tell you about it; that’s science fiction!” This quote from the film does a good job of expressing the feeling you get from watching it.

A documentary about men who went to the moon may sound technical and boring, yet when you sit down and the credits start to roll, you find yourself watching a group of very knowledgeable, passionate, humbled men talk about something they did which is greater than all of us. They went to the moon.

F. Hawes said, “Aim at the sun and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly far higher than if you had aimed at an object on a level with yourself.” This mentality of aiming for the sun, or moon in this case, is what kept driving the Apollo astronauts, NASA and the hearts and minds of the American people to keep striving for the moon, no matter what.

The astronauts looked to the sky, aimed for the sun, and came back with a profound realization of the connection of all things and of how precious life is. You will come out of this movie amused, enlightened, and find yourself constantly gazing up at the night sky and pondering the greater meaning of it all.

Grade: A

In the Shadow of the Moon releases in select theaters Sept. 7.