Christopher Nolan’s latest offering ticks all the boxes
I watched "Fat Man and Little Boy" (1989) so I won't waste my precious dollars on this film. First, I refuse to give the cretins of Hollywood any more of my money than I already have and second, I already know how it ends. Don't need to pay $15 to see that again. If you want to spend $15 on a film, I strongly recommend "The Sound of Freedom." It brought tears to my eyes.
Great acting, but that was about it for me. It was FAR too long. They could have cut an hour off and still managed to tell the full story. The sound was FAR too loud with a pointless soundtrack, at times making the dialogue difficult to hear. The attempted poisoning at the start may have been historically true but not in anyway explained or made relevant to the rest of the film with respect to his character. Did he have a homicidal maniac side to him or not? At the start, it seemed the story would be told in chapters with the “1. Fission, 2. Fusion” graphics on the screen but that just stopped. The imaginary sex scene when he was being questioned was just odd as we knew he was thinking about his ex but suddenly seeing her riding him on the chair whilst looking at his wife sitting in the corner was odd, pointless and frankly self-indulgent from the director. This will probably be nominated for, and maybe even win a few Oscars. Robert Downey was outstanding (as always), Cillian Murphy, Matt Damon and Tom Conti were also excellent, so if they get a gong good for them, but anything other than acting gongs just won’t be deserved in my opinion. My daughter thinks it looked like one long film trailer! 😂
Nolan has directed some incredible films, but this ain’t one of them! 🤷🏻♂️
Perhaps a reading of the war memoir With The Old Breed, which harrows up the soul with descriptions of the long and catastrophic battle of Okinawa, would prepare one to understand the terrible reasoning that led to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. People responsible for these decisions were facing casualties in the millions on both sides in any fighting on the Home Islands. I also recommend The Prisoner and the Bomb by Lauren’s Van der Post. Truman was right to give the order. Oppenheimer and his fellow scientists saved millions of lives.
I haven't seen the film, and I have no intention of doing so. No ideology on my part, just that I was stopped going to cinemas by the insane government/WEF, and I now refuse to give any of my meagre savings to an industry which turned on a fairly large percentage of its clients and demanded they get injected with an untested poison. Also, a British made film of an American story is only going to appeal to a moronic section of society.
I also stopped doing extra work on films and on television shows, because of the insanity of crazed set rules. Oh by the way, next time you talk to a politician on television, please ask the clown, any clown, what Net Zero and Carbon Neutral actually mean. #NetZeroMeansNoLife #CarbonNeutralMeansNoLife. 👽🙏
Thank you for your post, I couldn’t agree more. It seems like nearly everyone is onboard with calling it a masterpiece, but so many reviewers go on to add their own bad takes to their positive reviews. Nolan, in a departure from his past pattern, tells the story in a brilliant but straightforward way. The complexity is in the story he’s telling, rather than the way he is telling it. I wish more people had the ability to watch it and learn something rather than coming out spouting the same ahistorical nonsense they believed when they bought their ticket. Open your mind and appreciate the complexity of one of the most important events in human history, beautifully and powerfully told. It is highly unlikely you understood it all before you arrived.
To mitigate the consequences of the terrible device they’d given the best part of their working lives to building was not possible, given human nature, of which I have a largely dim view. Germany or the Soviets would eventually have built the bomb if we hadn’t gotten there first.
In his book about his life in wartime Holland, Abraham Pais observed that as soon as the atom was split, all leading physicists knew a bomb would eventually be developed.
The hideous choices were to drop the bomb or to lose tens or hundreds of thousands of American boys to end the war with Japan.
Did they explore his genuinely problematic political bent? I mean I guess given that the rest of the geniuses at the time were all ex-Nazis I guess, Oppenheimer seemed more harmless to today’s filmmakers, but still.
Sorry KK, but I by no means agree that this movie "ticks all the boxes." I respect you a great deal, but this movie pissed me off more than anything. If you're curious why, I've elaborated in a review here: https://letterboxd.com/boyareddygari_k/film/oppenheimer-2023/.
We had a whole 7-part mini-series on Oppenheimer back in 1980, and very good it was too, as I recall, so I don't think I will bother seeing this film. I've always fancied a film/mini-series about the main man of the Soviet space programne, Sergei Korolev - please get on this, KK.