'Oppenheimer' Blows Up Expectations!

Michaela Burton
February 29, 2024




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Too soon? Well if you’re among the few who haven’t seen this movie yet, I suggest getting yourself to a nearby theater ASAP. I went to an early premier on Thursday night and was completely blown away with Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster film. Alright, I’ll stop with the puns now.

Nolan takes us through the true events that lead up to and followed J. Robert Oppenheimer becoming the father of the atomic bomb. Now I have to preface, I am not a history buff and have absolutely no knowledge of what was going on during this time. I have to admit I didn’t even know Albert Einstein was alive for this so my base knowledge going into this was low to say the least.

With that being said, I was pretty confused at some parts of the movie. Not only was the dialogue extremely advanced and way over my pay grade, but I am a subtitles girly through and through so part of my confusion was simply not understanding what the characters were saying.

The film is also told in 3 different parts, so it definitely kept me on my toes as it bounced back and forth between the past, present, and future. This non chronological timeline also made it difficult to know who could be trusted, which I personally enjoyed. The uncertainty made the ending that much more surprising and jaw dropping.

I think it's also important to know that while this does take us through the years Oppenheimer spent actually figuring out how to make the bomb, a big part of this movie is focused on the trial that took place afterwards so be prepared for that.

The cast for this movie was stacked with two cameos that actually made me gasp in the theater and no I’m not going to spoil it you’ll just have to go see for yourself. While the credits were piled high with A-list celebrities, they didn’t all get the face time we normally see from them. Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt and Robert Downey Jr. took up the screen for most of the movie with no complaints from me. So if you’re only excited to see this because of Matt Damon, Alden Ehrenreich, or Florence Pugh you’ll most likely be disappointed.

Special shoutout to Robert Downey Jr. for his first breakout role since playing Iron Man. He played his character so well and added some brand new depth to his resume. Love you 3,000 RDJ.

Overall, this movie is not for the faint of heart. With its run time sitting at 3 hours, there are slim opportunities for bathroom breaks or distractions of any kind. This is not a fast paced movie that will hold your attention with cool stunts or fight scenes. But make no mistake, every detail Nolan includes is intentional, so keep that in mind before buying your ticket.

I hope you enjoyed this review and that it ignited your spark to go see it. Apologies, guess I had one more pun in me.

Michaela Burton was a collegiate gymnast and is an avid movie goer. She is also an avid reader and runs 'Burt's Blog' where she reviews books. You can find her blog here.