Oppenheimer Review: Christopher Nolan’s Finest Directed Film

They’re only a handful of filmmakers left in Hollywood that inspire actors to bring their A-game and Christopher Nolan is one of them.

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A short list of filmmakers who truly care about the film-going audience so when a new Christopher Nolan film comes out in theaters, people take notice because his proven track record almost always guarantees success. Going into this movie, the selling point was a realistic portrayal of a nuclear bomb being detonated on screen drawing the attention of IMAX and 70 mm Cinema fans.

This is a film that has a surplus of hype and audiences will not be disappointed by the final result. ‘Oppenheimer’ is set during the height of World War II with the Allied powers fighting the combined forces of Germany and Japan. 

After the United States receives word that Germany is in the process of developing a nuclear bomb, a Shockwave is sent throughout the government understanding that if Hitler were to get his hands on a weapon of mass destruction it could easily sway the momentum of World War II to the favor of the Nazis.

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As a result, the government moves forward with the Manhattan Project, a mission to create a bomb big enough to end World War II.  They decide to seek the help of Robert Oppenheimer played by Cillian Murphy, In order to develop the world’s first-ever atomic bomb.

However, some drama behind the scenes has left many in the government questioning Oppenheimer’s allegiance as he is rumored to be friendly with communist sympathizers.  Throughout the development stages of the bomb members of Oppenheimer’s team are revealed to be Russian spies who have used his information to give to Stalin. 

On the edge of the greatest achievement in his life, Oppenheimer has to come to terms with his reputation mean tarnish, and the public light as well as the aftermath of what success actually means for the rest of the world. ‘Oppenheimer’ is arguably the strongest acted film in 2023. 

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The movie has a catalog of big-name actors including Robert Downey Jr, Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, and others who poured their hearts and souls into the characters that they portray. Robert Downey Jr and Emily Blunt will certainly be getting a second look when Academy Awards season rolls around next year.

The really impressive feat about this film is that even actors who you wouldn’t expect great performances from knock it out of the park. Alden Ehrenreich, who was once criticized by Lucasfilm for not having enough talent and needing acting lessons less than 5 years ago puts on a performance that is one of the most standout jobs in the film.

Nolan’s ability to direct talent is quite impressive just how well he was able to get the absolute best out of his actors for this movie. While, the movie has pacing issues in the 1st act, once the wheels get turning audiences become engrossed in the story to the point where they won’t even notice the 3-hour runtime the film has the offer.

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It is the performance of this movie that will have audiences talking because we truly have not seen a movie with so much grit in the last several years. There are only a handful of directors that can pull off a film of this caliber: Quentin Tarantino,  Martin Scorsese, and Christopher Nolan are members of a dying breed of directors in the modern era who are synonymous with the term ‘Cinema’.

While some filmmakers are only good at directing content for larger studios, Christopher Nolan manages to produce one of his best films to date that can rival ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘The Dark Knight’ for the best films that he has ever produced. 

There isn’t much more to say about this film that doesn’t go into spoiler territory,  ‘Oppenheimer’ is a film that gets an A+ for effort from everyone who is associated with the filmmaking process and their reward is a movie that deserves to be seen on the big screen especially IMAX if you have the opportunity. 

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With the exception of some 1st act pacing issues, ‘Oppenheimer’ is without question one of the very best movies to come out in the last seven years.




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