I was quite excited to see Oppenheimer as I have loved most of Christopher Nolan’s work and the movie has the most stacked cast of any 2023 release. With that being said are there any more pretentious movie fans than Nolan fans? I love the guy’s work, but some of these fans take it way too far and think that they are on an intellectual movie-watching level above everyone else.
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Exploring Oppenheimer: A Movie Review
Ok, rant over, let’s get to the movie! Oppenheimer is sure to be nominated and win many awards in the coming year. Without a doubt, Cillian Murphey who plays the titular character is sure to end up winning more than a few awards. The way he plays this role is amazing, his mannerisms, his accent, if you have watched any documentaries about The Manhattan Project, you will be blown away by how faithful his portrayal is.
As well as Cillian Murphey we have Emily Blunt as his wife Kitty, Florence Pugh as his mistress, Matt Damon as General Leslie Groves, and Robert Downey JR as Lewis Strous to name just a few. Josh Hartnett, Casey Affleck, Rami Malik, Matthew Modine, Jack Quaid and Kenneth Branagh are just a few more of the big names that are part of this movie! It is honestly crazy how stacked this cast is!
Look, you do not need me to tell you that Oppenheimer is the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb! The whole Manhattan Project thing has had a million documentaries and even a few movies about it over the years, but this really is something special.
It is not just about the making of the bomb and the way it turned the war around. This is about the life of the man, before and after. Oppenheimer jumps around the timeline of his life and it makes for a very interesting retelling of this incredibly complex, flawed, and brilliant man.
Oppenheimer’s Length and Visual Spectacle
Oppenheimer comes in at the three-hour mark and I think Christopher Nolan very nearly pulls it off. I do feel that the last hour or so could have been streamlined a bit. However, I say that, but perhaps on a second viewing sitting on my more comfortable couch in my own home, the long runtime may not be as much of an issue for me. Counting commercials and trailers, it was close to four hours I was sitting in that movie theatre seat!
The movie is just an absolute visual spectacle! The effects are staggering and I have enjoyed reading about how they made these happen. It is one of the best-looking movies of the year and the sound is just epic! I kind of wish I made the effort to see this in IMAX as it is movies like this that really benefit from that, but no way my butt can handle another four-hour movie theatre trip!
A Compelling Conclusion
I really do not want to go into any more detail as there is not much I can add about Oppenheimer that has not already been said. This is a great, but very long movie and one that is well worth seeing in theatres. It is a very compelling story about an interesting man and those around him. Without a doubt, this will be a day-one buy for me when it hits 4K.
- Cillian Murphy is truly amazing in this role
- It has one of the most stacked and impressive casts I have ever seen
- The visuals are amazing, I really do wish I saw this in IMAX
- This is one of the best movies of the year!
- I do feel that the final act could have been a bit shorter
- It is not the kind of movie you can be messing around on your phone while watching