‘Oppenheimer‘ has been credited as one of the greatest movies of 2023. The almost 3-hour long film has given viewers some incredible imagery and visuals without any CGI. It has also been considered one of Christopher Nolan’s best works. However, Nolan declared that with ‘Oppenheimer’, he has made not one but three stories.
Today we will take a look into why Nolan says that his movie actually has three stories in it and not one. Based on the life of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the film is about the making of the first atomic bomb. So let’s take a look!
Which Three Stories Does ‘Oppenheimer’ Have?
Director Christopher Nolan talked about how he incorporated three different stories in ‘Oppenheimer’. The director explained that there are three stories in the movie. Nolan said, “The film starts as a sort of heroic origin story, if you like: Young Oppenheimer.”
Nolan continued to say, “And then, in the middle of the film, when it jumps on to the Los Alamos project, it becomes a heist film, really. It’s about trying to put a team together and pull off an impossible project. In terms of imagery, I’ve always thought that part was very much a Western.”
The ‘Dunkirk‘ director then talked about the third story. He added, “The last act is a full-on courtroom drama. I’ve always been fascinated by courtroom dramas, I always wanted to make one.”
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Is ‘Oppenheimer’ Christopher Nolan’s Darkest Movie So Far?
Robert Oppenheimer’s incredible story has stayed on with Nolan in a way his other films did not. This is because Nolan considers the theoretical physicist and father of the atomic bomb’s story to be his darkest creation yet.
“If movies are a sort of collective dream, there’s a sense in which Oppenheimer’s a collective nightmare,” Nolan says. “Of all of the subject matter I’ve dealt with, it’s certainly the darkest.”
Nolan continued to say, “At the heart of the film, there’s a pivot, and it’s really the pivot between the successful Trinity test and then the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki — the actual use of the weapon. Whether we like it or not, we live in Oppenheimer‘s world, and we always will.”
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