Review of Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer with Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Rami Malek, Josh Hartnett, Matthew Modine and Florence Pugh
In the name only Christopher Nolan everyone is silent. He is the director of the trilogy The Dark Knight ‒ how can one forget the exciting interpretation of the late Heath Ledger in the role Joker archenemy Batman – From I remember (2000) Interstellar (2014) Origin (2010) Dunkirk (2017) and from many criticized the keeper (2020). All games that have shaped the collective imagination of millions of fans, including stories based on the concept of time (nolan explained, among other things, his way of setting the time in films) and stories related to the family, with the relationship between father and daughter, built on luxurious set design, edited ad hoc with special effects that are simply amazing. This nolan a few years ago. Today, his idea of cinema seems different.
Oppenheimer yes, it has a strong Nolan imprint, but his cinematic mindset results in a sensational breakthrough. And not because it was shot on 70mm film in an unprecedented alternation of IMAX analog photography in black and white and color shots reproduced in the original cinematic technique. But because the very structure of history has changed. The question to be answered is: Who is J. Robert Oppenheimer?
Based on the 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning book. American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer Kai Byrd and the recently deceased Martin J. Sherwin (new edition available in bookstores with Garzanti), Oppenheimer From Christopher Nolan tells the story of a physicist who works with his team of scientists to complete a project that will change human history forever: the development of the atomic bomb. However Oppenheimer it is not a descriptive story based on narrative facts.
The goal here is different. nolan takes us to the head of the father of the atomic bomb, his ingenuity, his mind based on calculations and mathematical equations, which is in dialogue with the genius of Albert Einstein, thoughts that turn into moving images that we observe in a kind of explosive apocalypse. But not lands or victory in World War II. We are talking here about psychological destruction, about a conflict that ended positively for the Americans, but not for him. An unprecedented battle that began with the Manhattan Project, fought by many for global success, and ended with the perpetrator becoming the victim, paying with disturbing consequences.
Oppenheimer this is the story of one man. A kind and determined person Cillian Murphy he returned to us in his nightmares, in his obsessive-compulsive disorders, in his fears, suffocated by the society of that time, because it is more important to exploit such intelligence than to help it. Oppenheimer it is a therapeutic session in conversation with oneself, between absorbed and underestimated love, physics lessons, sometimes dispersed, open to a discerning public, forged by a model Interstellar and an ending that makes you dream of a turn of events Origin. Oppenheimer it is an experience that allows you to live, feel, observe, understand and create your own. And for sure Nolan’s bomb will continue to explode.