If you’ve been keeping up with the latest buzz on the Internet, you’ll be delighted to learn that Oppenheimer and Barbie are sharing the spotlight at the box office, as both films officially released into the world this past weekend. An opening weekend poised to be the biggest in-person cinema event since the global pandemic.
The anticipation for these films has spread like wildfire worldwide, sparking what is now famously referred to as “Barbenheimer” fever. While certain movie enthusiasts chose to watch at least one of the films, there are those who were determined in experiencing both, possibly even on the very same day.
For the purposes of this article, we will focus on Christopher Nolan‘s Oppenheimer. Here’s everything we know about the film:
What is the movie about?
Oppenheimer explores the incredible true-life story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the theoretical physicist who spearheaded the Manhattan Project during World War II to develop the first atomic bomb. The movie documents the creation of the bomb, its first test called the Trinity test which was conducted in the deserts of New Mexico, and the political strife of Oppenheimer’s personal life. Christopher Nolan, acclaimed for his work in directing blockbusters like Inception, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Interstellar, takes the helm in bringing Oppenheimer‘s compelling tale to the big screen.
Watch the trailer for Oppenheimer
Who’s on the cast?
Oppenheimer stars an impressive cast consisting of Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Florence Pugh, Robert Downey Jr., Kenneth Branagh, Dane DeHaan, Jack Quaid and Jason Clarke, among many others.
Where to watch it?
Oppenheimer is showing in cinemas from 21 July. Sterkinekor confirmed on its official social media page that Oppenheimer is available in IMAX. Grab your tickets here.
What do critics say?
The movie has an 85% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes where the critics’ consensus simply says, “another engrossing achievement from Christopher Nolan that benefits from Murphy’s tour-de-force performance and stunning visuals.”
Watch or skip?
Oppenheimer is the ultimate masterpiece. An exceptional film that deserves the highest praise for its thought-provoking narrative, masterful score, and compelling performances. Frame upon frame, the film invites the audience to immerse themselves in the fascinating world of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the brilliant physicist whose contributions during World War II left an indelible mark on the course of history.
Cillian Murphy‘s portrayal of J. Robert Oppenheimer is nothing short of remarkable.
Furthermore, the film’s breathtaking cinematography and art direction are stunning, crafting a visual feast for the eyes. From sweeping landscapes to haunting laboratories and evocative period settings, it’s a delightful time-travel experience, immersing viewers fully in the captivating atmosphere of the 1940s.
A true gem among cinematic offerings, “Oppenheimer” is a must-watch if you’re looking for a deeply moving and intellectually stimulating film experience.
What to watch after Oppenheimer?
Also, check out the feature-length documentary To End All War: Oppenheimer & The Atomic Bomb on Showmax. An insightful documentary that looks at physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his relentless pursuit of an atomic bomb, a weapon that changed the world, including his own.
Directed by Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Christopher Cassel. The documentary features interviews with filmmakers Christopher Nolan and Jon Else, science communicator Bill Nye, grandson Charles Oppenheimer, Hiroshima survivor Hideko Tamura, Los Alamos resident Ellen Bradbury Reid, nuclear physicist Michio Kaku, and nuclear security expert Mareena Robinson Snowden, as well as knowledgeable biographers and historians like David Eisenbach and Alan Carr.