Film review: Oppenheimer

Posted: August 12, 2023

Nolan combines technical brilliance with riveting storytelling

On July 21, Christopher Nolan released his twelfth feature film, Oppenheimer, which may prove to be one of the greatest feats in cinema over the last decade. The film follows the life of the “Father of the Atomic Bomb,” J. Robert Oppenheimer, and his endeavors as a theoretical physicist.

Oppenheimer was an immediate success, shattering box office records. The film contributed to the fourth-biggest box office weekend in the history of filmmaking, along with the help of Greta Gerwig’s Barbie.

Very few filmmakers over the last decade have managed to accomplish what Nolan has with this magnificent biopic.

Nolan curated a technical masterpiece, with breathtaking visuals, and stunning audio components in what could best be described as a riveting film.

The film questions the ethics surrounding the atomic bomb and its long-term effect on society, while battling with the importance of morals and values. It’s a truly thought-provoking work of art.

Starring as J. Robert Oppenheimer is veteran actor Cillian Murphy, who has been featured in many of Nolan’s other films. Though he had never been a leading actor in any major blockbuster, he is a familiar face to many viewers.

Murphy beautifully depicted Oppenheimer’s real-life internal conflicts surrounding his creation of the atomic bomb. His brilliant performance is already sparking Oscar buzz across the nation.

Nolan and Murphy cemented themselves as masters of their respective crafts after coinciding to make what is one of the most impressive films of the modern era.



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