Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer has been described as a "stunning artistic achievement" by the biographer of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Kai Bird,
The movie tells the story of theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer and how he contributed to the creation of the atomic bomb via the Manhattan Project.
Nolan has put together an all-star cast which includes Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Rami Malek, Florence Pugh, Gary Oldman, Benny Safdie, Michael Angarano, Josh Hartnett and Kenneth Branagh.
The project is based on the book 'American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer' which was co-written by Bird and Martin J. Sherman.
Bird has been granted an early viewing of the movie, and he is clearly impressed by what he saw.
“I am, at the moment, stunned and emotionally recovering from having seen it,” said in a conversation with David Nirenberg at Leon Levy Center for Biography in New York.
“I think it is going to be a stunning artistic achievement, and I have hopes it will actually stimulate a national, even global conversation about the issues that Oppenheimer was desperate to speak out about — about how to live in the atomic age, how to live with the bomb and about McCarthyism — what it means to be a patriot, and what is the role for a scientist in a society drenched with technology and science, to speak out about public issues.”
Murphy is finally Nolan's leading man
Nolan and Murphy have collaborated on a few projects previously including Batman Begins and Inception.
Though Murphy is finally leading a Nolan movie, he says he would take any part, big or small, if it meant working with the director.
“I have always said publicly and privately, to Chris, that if I’m available and you want me to be in a movie, I’m there. I don’t really care about the size of the part. But deep down, secretly, I was desperate to play a lead for him,” Murphy told Yahoo.
“We have this long-standing understanding and trust and shorthand and respect. It felt like the right time to take on a bigger responsibility. And it just so happened that it was a huge one…Any actor would want to be on a Chris Nolan set, just to see how it works and to witness his command of the language of film and the mechanics of film and how he’s able to use that broad canvas within the mainstream studio system to make these very challenging human stories.
"I’m really proud of the movie and I’m really proud of what Chris has achieved. This was, for sure, a special one”.
Oppenheimer will be released on 21 July 2023.
Biography / Drama
2023 • 180 minutes