Oppenheimer Movie Review

Oppenheimer movie review

Introduction

Christopher Nolan’s most awaited movie of the year Oppenheimer released in theatres today. The film is based on Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin’s 2005 book American Prometheus, which follows the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, a theoretical physicist who was a significant figure in designing the first nuclear bombs as part of the Manhattan Project.

The film stars Cillian Murphy as Oppenheimer, Emily Blunt as his wife, Katherine “Kitty” Oppenheimer, Matt Damon as General Leslie Groves, Oppenheimer’s military handler, and Robert Downey Jr as Lewis Strauss.

 Nolan is a critically acclaimed director known for his work on films such as Memento, The Dark Knight, and Inception. He is known for his complex and visually stunning films; Oppenheimer is no exception. The film is shot entirely in IMAX, and it promises to be a visually epic and thought-provoking look at one of the most important figures in modern history.

J. Robert Oppenheimer was a brilliant scientist who directed the Manhattan Project, which was responsible for developing the atomic bomb. The film follows his transformation from a scientist who was first hesitant to utilize his expertise for military purposes to a haunted man who began to regret his job. The film explores the power of science, scientists’ responsibilities, nuclear weapons’ dangers, and war ethics.

So, in this blog post, we are going to discover if the movie is worth the hype made by everyone.

My Thoughts

Storyline and narrative

The film is somewhat long, yet it brilliantly addresses the psychology of gripping, pace, ethics, science, and humane decisions. Where I can say with certainty that this is Nolan’s most complicated and best writing to date, seeing and hearing that Nolan has worked hard this time to make it palatable and understandable for the average audience only from the dialogue perspective because Oppenheimer is a very complex story that has been written in such a delicate and compelling way that it is enjoyable to watch. Because no one puts this much care into a biography, which is a cinematic triumph on its own. This is a personal triumph for Nolan also. He could have done it the regular way if he wanted to, but he pushed the boundaries, which is amazing.

It’s dialogue writing and conversation is it’s heart. The real essence of the story is hidden there. The colorful scenes that we get to see are the subjective experiences of Oppenheimer. While the objective story plays out in black and white, from Strauss’ perspective, where the subjective storytelling of the movie dominates. Because how does Oppenheimer cope with the implications of his journey to his ideas, and convictions, and when the president mocked him “crybaby”? From the inside, what does he think of himself? Everything began to shift gradually. Because you know that men can do everything but can’t cry.

Performances of the cast

The performances of such a large cast are noteworthy. Cillian Murphy showed his complexities, but Emily Blunt’s character also makes a strong presentation. The desperation of RDJ and the enthusiasm of Florence Pugh’s wild Side Chic avatar are both fantastic. Despite being typecast in the previous films, Matt Damon establishes his value in this one. And I believe Oppenheimer’s performances are so open because there are so many brilliant performers in it. Like Rami Malek, who appears in a brief scene and then leaves creating a bustle. For example, Casey Affleck, Josh Hartnett, David Dastmalchian, Jack Quaid, and Matthias Schweighöfer are all major players. When they emerge on the screen, they continue to assert their supremacy. Because it is at that point that you realize that this is the power of an experienced actor; simply give them a free space, and you can feel that heft there.

Visuals and background score

Speaking on the visuals in the film. Referring to the atomic bomb explosion scenario. As a result, its visuals and build will not let you down. The movie does not portray the aftermath of the bombings, which is fair given that romanticizing and exploiting someone’s helplessness and troubles is not a good thing.

I would also like to appreciate the music in this movie. It gives you room to feel apart. You get a chance to feel what Oppenheimer is thinking, seeing things through the way of his music. And the man behind this is Ludwig Goransson, and he is a wonderful composer. It also gives you deathly silence where it is to be given, like after the bombing scene, and where anxiety, chaos, and emotions are to be felt in the crowd, they also make you feel. Which is honestly commendable.

Historical Accuracy

The movie is mostly accurate, but there are some inaccuracies. For example, the movie shows Oppenheimer witnessing the Trinity test, when in reality he was not present. However, the movie does a good job of portraying the complex moral dilemmas that Oppenheimer faced and the political context of the Manhattan Project. Want to know the real story behind Oppenheimer? Read my blog post for more info.

Conclusion

Overall, the movie is great. Its writing style is captivating and charming, and the subtle use of VFX is wonderful and makes this eye-catching. However, I will not say that this film is a masterpiece, nor would I suggest that it is anything less than that. The movie may be lengthy for the average audience but give it some time to explore and you will notice the difference.

I will recommend watching this movie on the big screens. And if you watched it already then comment your thoughts below.

FAQs

What is the movie rated?

Oppenheimer is rated R for some sexuality, nudity, and language.

Who should watch the movie?

Oppenheimer is a film that will appeal to fans of Christopher Nolan’s work, as well as anyone interested in the history of the Manhattan Project or the moral implications of nuclear weapons.

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