Movie Night – Oppenheimer

Directed: Christopher Nolan

Writer: Christopher Nolan (adaptation), Kai Bird (book), Martin Sherwin

Starring: Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr.

Trivia: When asked what he wants to name the bomb at Los Alamos, Oppenheimer mutters “Batter my heart, three-personed God” before saying “Trinity.” This is from the first line of John Donne’s Holy Sonnet 14, which refers to the holy trinity.

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Are you ready for the exhilarating ride through the glitz and glamour of Awards Season?

When it’s time to pick the perfect movie for Movie Night, we can’t help but be intrigued by the stellar films competing for those coveted awards. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be your guide on this cinematic adventure. And, unless you lived under a rock over the past year, you’ve likely caught wind of the epic showdown between “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer.” 

This week, let’s dive into the enthralling world of “Oppenheimer.

Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” takes us on a mesmerising journey into the brilliant mind of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the mastermind behind the Manhattan Project and the unleashing of the atomic bomb on the world stage. Prepare to be captivated as the film seamlessly weaves historical events with psychological introspection, painting a nuanced portrait of a man wrestling with the profound implications of his creation.

Cillian Murphy delivers a performance that will leave you spellbound, portraying Oppenheimer with intellectual brilliance, unwavering dedication, and the agonising moral conflict that defined him. For those who’ve been following Murphy’s career, this role showcases his brilliance as an actor. Trust me, it’s worth watching just for his outstanding performance.

Nolan’s visual storytelling prowess shines throughout the film, whisking viewers away with sweeping landscapes, meticulously crafted sets, and jaw-dropping slow-motion sequences that immerse us in the urgency and secrecy of the Manhattan Project. Distorted imagery and haunting soundscapes intensify the emotional impact, making it an experience you won’t forget.

But, like any ambitious project, “Oppenheimer” has its challenges. Clocking in at three hours and two minutes, it might test the patience of some viewers, especially those unfamiliar with the intricacies of the Manhattan Project. The complex plot and scientific jargon might require a bit more engagement from the audience, but trust me, it’s worth the investment.

While the film tackles weighty themes of war, destruction, and the responsibility of science, it occasionally struggles to find the right balance between intellectual depth and emotional resonance. Moments of humour, though serving to lighten the mood, can feel a tad jarring, hindering the film’s ability to capture the emotional impact of its subject matter fully.

Now, here’s the heart of the matter for me—movies are all about characters, relationships, and emotions. Nolan’s films excel in themes, cinematography, and action, but emotions and relationships are sometimes kept at arm’s length. In “Oppenheimer,” this is the “Achilles’ heel” of the movie. Despite Emily Blunt’s and Florence Pugh’s excellent performances, the emotional ties between Oppenheimer and the women in his life feel somewhat “flat.” We are left in the dark about what initially attracted him to them, the depth of his emotions towards them, and the significance they held in his life.

Yet, despite these minor quibbles, “Oppenheimer” stands tall as a cinematic triumph that demands your attention. Nolan’s masterful direction, Murphy’s captivating performance, and the film’s stunning visuals combine to create a powerful and thought-provoking experience. For those willing to dive into its complexities, “Oppenheimer” offers a profound exploration of human ambition, morality, and the profound consequences of scientific progress. It’s a journey you won’t want to miss!

Final Verdict – 5/5 Stars

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2 thoughts on “Movie Night – Oppenheimer”

  1. I saw it at the cinema and yes I got bum ache and couldnt grasp its interwoven plot and linear scenes but thats not unusual for me, I enjoy a number of views of films and patiently wait for the reveals.

    So I’ve seen it about 4 times now and its pretty amazing and terrifying and whilst its not a whole wash of emotions overall and centres on Oppenheimers complex life theres enough for me in the performances of Blunt and Pugh to help piece together the complexity of the man.

    After all its called ‘Oppenheimer’ for a reason and seeks to show his many sides and contradictions and the way he was treated. Murphy was brilliant I think, he portrayal fantastic. The use of effects to get inside Oppies mind was great, somehow depicting how the mind of genius is both wonderful and yet painful.

    I watched an interview with Oppies grand-son who I think generally approved, with reservations, but then as he said everyone who met him would have their own POV. He said he never tried to poison his Prof. with a laced apple and thought it was symbolic of young Oppies fractured mind (he was a strange child and youth) and I wondered if it was a foreshadowing of his whole life, the strong desire and impetus to find a solution to something standing in his way (The Prof/The Nazis at first) then waking to regret, swiping the apple from the innocent Prof. Bohr (regretting over his actions/regret over the bomb and ‘blood on his hands’)

    1. Thanks for your valuable input Les.

      I agree; this movie needs to be seen several times in order to grasp its magnitude.

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