The first reactions are in for the upcoming historical thriller, Oppenheimer, from Inception and The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan and critics have called it his ‘grandest’ movie yet. Oppenheimer recently held its premiere in Paris this week where attendees were allowed to share their early thoughts on social media. As many expected, it appears to be resonating pretty well with critics despite full reviews not being out yet.
Oppenheimer recounts the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the theoretical physicist who led the Manhattan Project at the end of World War II which created the world’s first atomic bomb. The biopic, based on the novel American Prometheus by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin, details 30 years of Oppenheimer’s life including the Trinity test, and the detonation of the first atomic bomb “The Gadget” which Nolan recreated practically for the movie.
AP film writer Lindsay Bahr wrote on Twitter:
“Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer is truly a spectacular achievement, in its truthful, concise adaptation, inventive storytelling and nuanced performances from Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon and the many, many others involved —- some just for a scene. It’s hard to talk about something as dense as this in something as silly as a tweet or thread but Oppenheimer really is a serious, philosophical, adult drama that’s as tense and exciting as Dunkirk. And the big moment – THAT MOMENT – is awe inspiring.”
Film and TV journalist Simon Thompson tweeted:
“Oppenheimer is powerful stuff. Cillian Murphy’s flawless awards worthy performance is next level. Every player in this rich ensemble cast is at the top of their game. Christopher Nolan’s haunting opus is remarkable and Hoyte van Hoytema‘s execution of his vision is breathtaking.”
Telegraph film critic Robbie Collins talked about the movie as well as playing up its sex scenes:
“Am torn between being all coy and mysterious about Oppenheimer and just coming out and saying it’s a total knockout that split my brain open like a twitchy plutonium nucleus and left me sobbing through the end credits like I can’t even remember what else. And for all those who’ve groused about the lack of sex in Christopher Nolan’s earlier work…boy oh BOY, are you getting some sex as only Nolan could stage it in this one.”
Total Film writer Matt Maytum tweeted:
“Oppenheimer left me stunned: a character study on the grandest scale, with a sublime central performance by Cillian Murphy. An epic historical drama but with a distinctly Nolan sensibility: the tension, structure, sense of scale, startling sound design, remarkable visuals. Wow.”
Oppenheimer releases in cinemas on 21 July 2023.