Oppenheimer, the highly anticipated Bio-pic directed
by Christopher Nolan, delves into the life of the brilliant physicist J. Robert
Oppenheimer, played by Cillian Murphy. The movie focuses on his pivotal role in
the development of the atomic bomb during World War II. This 3-hour film hopes
to shed light on Oppenheimer’s reasoning for developing a bomb that would one
day take the lives of hundreds of thousands.
What follows is The Good, The Bad, and The
Spoilers of Oppenheimer.
One of the biggest highlights of Oppenheimer is
undoubtedly the acting performances by the entire cast, which were beyond
exceptional. Leading the way was Cillian Murphy who delivers a spot-on
portrayal of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Murphy effortlessly captures Oppenheimer’s
inner turmoil, moral dilemmas, and overall brilliance. The supporting cast also
deserve equal accolades. Robert Downey Jr. and Emily Blunt were also major
standouts in the film and undoubtedly be considered when award season comes.
My favorite aspect of Oppenheimer is how Nolan’s
sound design throughout the movie. Multiple times, during the movie, we are presented
with periods of silence followed by loud, thundering audio. This sound design
makes sense when we are finally given the test of the bomb. There is a flash of
light and stretch of silence, followed by the thunder of the shockwave.
What I am listing this under “the bad” for Oppenheimer
are not things that necessarily bothered me but are points that I feel will not
mesh with general audiences. The first
is what seems to be a growing trend, Oppenheimer is a long movie, with a 3-hour
run time. I felt these 3 hours flew by, but I did hear some grumblings from
others that there were things that could have been taken out. The other
negative that general audiences will not appreciate is that this movie is about
Oppenheimer rather than the bomb. Many will be wanting to see more explosions,
and bomb tests, and may leave the theater let down.
My Overall Opinion
I give Oppenheimer a 9.5 out of 10.
Oppenheimer is a serious movie about a pivotal point
in history. Christopher Nolan creates a masterpiece with this film. The
star-studded cast all deliver stellar performances and truly bring their characters
to life. The sound design of the film is genius, giving a great balance between
explosive moments and silence. I would highly recommend seeing Oppenheimer
because I am sure you will hear its title a lot when award season comes around.