Christopher Nolan’s next film, Oppenheimeris already unlike anything he’s done before, and it’s already on its way to not being as divisive as his previous film, Principle – and here’s why. Thanks to his visual and narrative style, Christopher Nolan has become one of the most acclaimed filmmakers of his generation, and there’s always a lot of anticipation surrounding his projects. Nolan’s works stood out for their striking visuals (even more so because Nolan avoids using CGI to the fullest) and for approaching themes such as time, memory and identity, mixing them with other complex themes such as dreams, but his next project, Oppenheimermarks the first time in Nolan’s career.
Based on the book American Prometheusby Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin, Oppenheimer tells the true story of theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy), director of the Los Alamos Laboratory during the Manhattan Project, and his contributions that led to the creation of the atomic bomb. Also starring Emily Blunt as Katherine Oppenheimer, Matt Damon as Leslie Groves, Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss and Florence Pugh as Jean Tatlock.
Although Nolan has covered real-life events (as he did in Dunkirk), Oppenheimer it’s his first biopic, making it a major career debut, but it will certainly still touch on some of the themes he always uses, like time and identity. Nonetheless, Oppenheimer is on its way to not being as divisive as Nolan’s previous film, Principlethanks to your story being more straightforward.
How much more successful than Tenet will Oppenheimer be?
There was a lot of expectation around Principle due to its mysterious plot and how it approached the concept of time, as the trailers showed the characters manipulating the flow of time as they saw fit. After several delays, Principle was released in theaters amid the pandemic shutdown, which has led to a lot of criticism over Nolan’s insistence on releasing his movie in theaters rather than on streaming platforms or simply delaying it a little longer. Ultimately, Principle received mostly positive reviews, praising its visual effects, action sequences, and the performances of its main cast, but it was also criticized for its confusing story and became Nolan’s most divisive work.
Being based on a true story and featuring real-life characters, Oppenheimer it’s already more direct than most of Nolan’s work, though it certainly has its twists too (it’s a Christopher Nolan film, after all). Oppenheimer also has the potential to be a big summer movie and an award contender, thanks to its great production, story and cast, which Principle ultimately failed to achieve. With cinemas around the world open and up and running again, Oppenheimer is also on its way to being the movie that will fix Nolan’s broken box office streak after Principle failed to make a profit due to its failed theatrical release. Expectations are high for Oppenheimer and not just in terms of quality, as it has the potential to compensate Principle‘and at the same time be different from what the public is used to seeing from Christopher Nolan.