Thursday, September 7, 2023

Christopher Nolan's immediate classic, according to Oppenheimer, is his most autobiographical work to date


Oppenheimer: Similar to Oppenheimer's vision of a world engulfed in flames following the creation of the atomic bomb, one can almost imagine Christopher Nolan watching The Dark Knight and having a vision of a future dominated by bad superhero films.

The director Christopher Nolan adores two things more than anything else in the universe: male protagonists who were tortured and dead wives. In his Batman films, Inception, Interstellar, and even Tenet and The Prestige, he had them in a variety of forms. Even though his core fan base might be dissatisfied with his new movie Oppenheimer, which is a pointed rejection of the genres that made him famous and shaped him, they would be pleased to learn that both of these tropes have been amplified to the point where they almost seem like an overcompensation in the epic biographical drama.

However, there is yet another recurring feature in some of Nolan's films, particularly Inception, that has enthralled and energized his fans for a long time. One of the more compelling interpretations of that movie from 2010 suggested that it could be a metaphor for filmmaking itself. Leonardo DiCaprio's Cobb played the role of the director, Nolan, and each supporting character was portrayed as a member of a movie crew or department head. Eames was played by Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt played Arthur, and Elliot Page played Ariadne, the production designer. After more than a decade, Nolan has produced what may be his most intimate film to date; a film that, with its trademark complexity and ambition, openly explores his anxieties, internal conflicts, and struggles.

Oppenheimer, starring Cillian Murphy as the American theoretical physicist who is best known as the "father of the atomic bomb," is one of the best films of the decade and the best Hollywood studio feature film since Babylon by Damien Chazelle in 2012. It is a one-of-a-kind sensory experience to watch it in IMAX. The Trinity test sequence is so visceral that movie theaters might want to consider having a doctor on-site in case one or two audience members faint from sheer stress. Dense, dialogue-heavy scenes are more thrilling than the majority of action movies, and Murphy's face communicates more than what he is reading off the page. However, beneath the grandiosity of the big screen, there is a more intimate and reflective story.

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