First Glance: “Oppenheimer”

Is 2023 the year Cillian Murphy finally gets an Oscar nomination? It certainly looks like he has the material in Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer”. Written and directed by Nolan, the film is his first since breaking away from Warner Brothers. It features a jam-packed cast that includes Murphy, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Rami Malek, Florence Pugh, Benny Safdie, Kenneth Branagh, and Josh Hartnett among others. That alone makes for an highly anticipated feature, but it’s the brand new trailer that really gets me excited.

The film sees Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, a theoretical physicist whose role in the Manhattan Project earned him the title of “father of the atomic bomb”. The glimpses we get are of a conflicted man caught in what he feels is a no-win situation. The set and costume design looks spot-on, and you can already get a sense from the trailer than Nolan has done a ton of research. So we have a fascinating historical figure and a noted filmmaker with an incredible cinematic prowess. We might be in for something special.

“Oppenheimer” releases exclusively in theaters on July 21, 2023. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

18 thoughts on “First Glance: “Oppenheimer”

  1. I think this will be another Nolan triumph, and am very much looking forward to seeing it. I agree the trailer shows expertise towards presenting the time period accurately in both set and costume design. Should be one of the highlights of the 2023 movie season.

  2. I may go to this. A Nolan movie that isn’t just some weirdo puzzle – Tenet, Inception – could be good. And I know that would not be a popular opinion in these parts.

  3. Yeah man this one is big on my list. I can’t wait for it (like with most of his releases). Murphy coming off of Peaky Blinders, leading into this. Damn it’s exciting.

  4. This looks fucking great as it definitely has this Malickian feel to it as I know it’s going to be great but…. IT’S NOT BARBIE!!!!! BARBIE IS ALREADY BETTER!!!!!!

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