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Oppenheimer (2023, W/D: Nolan) -- The Reviews Thread

Old 07-24-23, 05:03 PM
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Re: Oppenheimer (2023, W/D: Nolan) -- The Reviews Thread

Originally Posted by Dr. DVD

Movie's audio was way better than Nolan's previous outings, but I still need to watch with subtitles at some point. The guy clearly loves the whole method of jumping back and forth in time narrative.
Plus the separate, concurrent B&W storyline, which dates back to Memento.
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I saw this in 70MM IMAX on Saturday. I disagree wholeheartedly with whoever said there weren't visuals that warranted seeing this in true IMAX. Beyond the Trinity test, there were so many other sequences that were astounding in the true IMAX aspect ratio on a massive screen with film projection: New Mexico ranch vistas, so many affecting close-ups of Murphy and others, the abstract representations of Oppenheimer mentally visualizing quantum physics, etc. The presentation matched the weighty scale of the story being told. I wouldn't want to see this movie for the first time any other way, personally.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie greatly; it kept me gripped throughout the long running time and gave me plenty to think about afterward.
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Re: Oppenheimer (2023, W/D: Nolan) -- The Reviews Thread

Originally Posted by sherm42
My reaction is pretty much opposite of everyone else. I was bored. This movie was emotionless. I didnít feel anything the entire time. No sadness, no excitement, no terror, no thrills or even frustration. It was mostly three hours of people talking to each other in rooms, and the main story framing the whole film was about a guy who destroyed Oppenheimer because he got embarrassed by him six years before at a hearing.

Definitely my least favorite Nolan film and one I have no interest in ever revisiting.
Doesn't surprise me to see a post like this as it sums up all of his non-action films. I have no urge to see this movie but will probably check it out in some years to come. I loved Tenet and I'm pretty sure I'm in the minority on that one lol.
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Re: Oppenheimer (2023, W/D: Nolan) -- The Reviews Thread

If his takeaway from this film was "No sadness", I would question whether he even watched the last hour of the film.
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Re: Oppenheimer (2023, W/D: Nolan) -- The Reviews Thread

Saw this opening day in LieMax; have tickets to see if next week on 70mm IMax.
The 70mm IMax theater is also sold out on all showing up until Aug 10th when Gran Turismo opens. I wonder if they'll try to limit the Gran Turismo showings so they can fit in more Oppenheimer screenings
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In the dramatic actor department, I think this was RDJ's best role since Zodiac.
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Re: Oppenheimer (2023, W/D: Nolan) -- The Reviews Thread

I meant to ask, Oppenheimer did indeed kill his ex-wife, right? He assisted her suicide? How was this so over-looked?
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Re: Oppenheimer (2023, W/D: Nolan) -- The Reviews Thread

^ No.
A nice Fact vs Fiction article from Vulture
https://www.vulture.com/2023/07/oppe...-happened.html

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Re: Oppenheimer (2023, W/D: Nolan) -- The Reviews Thread

Originally Posted by Rob V
I meant to ask, Oppenheimer did indeed kill his ex-wife, right? He assisted her suicide? How was this so over-looked?
Ex-wife? You mean Florence Pugh's character? She wasn't his wife. The movie shows a hand pushing her head into the water but doesn't elaborate beyond that. I assumed that's how Oppenheimer imagined it happening because he felt guilty for not being there for her, but otherwise he had nothing to do with her suicide.
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^ No.
A nice Fact vs Fiction article from Vulture
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/mo...ew-1235541497/
I don't think that's url you think it is.
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Re: Oppenheimer (2023, W/D: Nolan) -- The Reviews Thread

Originally Posted by kefrank
I don't think that's url you think it is.
That is so weird. I had looked at a previous story, but I got to this article from a Google search, and that old HR link was still in the address bar. Never seen that happen before. Anyway, I fixed it.
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Re: Oppenheimer (2023, W/D: Nolan) -- The Reviews Thread

I went to see this last night, and the best review I can give it is that it is 3 hours long and I did not fall asleep in the theater recliner.

Siskel and Ebert used to say that it is not what a movie is about that makes it great, it is how the story is told. And that was definitely the case here.

I don't give a good goddamn about Oppenheimer and how he was treated or mistreated, but this movie was nevertheless fascinating. Brilliant acting, brilliant direction. I was captivated by the ebb and flow of the story as it moved around in time.

I guess "Killer of the Flower Moon" is currently viewed as the front-runner for Oscars, but I would love to see Downey get the statue for this.
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Saw this today. Thought it was well acted and interesting but still ponderous and bloated.

The jumping around was fine but the massive cast of various characters could be hard to follow at times, especially with the constant time jumping. Thank goodness most of the time a name was mentioned they did a face flash, so I guess they recognized that could be an issue for people, especially if you aren't very familiar with the history.

Good but not great. My rating: ***1/2 out of *****
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My showing today was filled with an older crowd in their late 70's/80's+. And they talk more and louder than fucking teenagers do during a movie. ARGH!
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I saw it on IMAX last night, pretty full showing. Definitely enough to see it once though, not sure I'll run out to get the 4K disc or even stream it to see it again. Good to see Josh from Drake & Josh get a good role. Casey Affleck was probably the one that didn't quite fit in his role for me, but definitely lots of interesting characters throughout.
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Re: Oppenheimer (2023, W/D: Nolan) -- The Reviews Thread

Originally Posted by Spiderbite
My showing today was filled with an older crowd in their late 70's/80's+. And they talk more and louder than fucking teenagers do during a movie. ARGH!
They have to because their hearing is all wonky and shot.
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They have to because their hearing is all wonky and shot.
How about they just shut the fuck and not talk during the movie? That would be nice.
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I'm going this weekend, but I'm done trying to explain this to people.

"We have to see this in IMAX!"
"Sure but Montreal doesn't have IMAX 70mm"
"But it says IMAX!"
"Sure but that's not IMAX 70mm. Only 6 locations in Canada and none in QC"
"But Cineplex Scotia Bank says 70mm!"
"Sure but that's not IMAX"


Now I just send them this:



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Re: Oppenheimer (2023, W/D: Nolan) -- The Reviews Thread

Originally Posted by Spiderbite
My showing today was filled with an older crowd in their late 70's/80's+. And they talk more and louder than fucking teenagers do during a movie. ARGH!
About twenty years ago I figured out that it wasn't the teenagers who were disruptive during movies, but the boomers and older people who couldn't keep their fucking mouths shut during movies.

The thing about teenagers is that packs on them will enter the theater and sit down in front of me, and they're loud and obnoxious, but once the lights go down they shut the fuck up and watch the movie like they're supposed to.

It's the middle-aged and older women who are sitting behind who carry on entire conversations during the movie.
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It's the middle-aged and older women who are sitting behind who carry on entire conversations during the movie.

They also chew their popcorn really loud.
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It's taken me a little while to fully digest this film, but mostly I was disappointed. This is a typically bludgeoning Nolan epic, but it does have some good points: I appreciated the way the biographical elements are portrayed early on, the performances are top-notch, and the final scene is perfect. But the overall arc of the narrative (especially the third act) is downright unsatisfying, I think because Nolan felt too beholden to the source material (AMERICAN PROMETHEUS by Kai Bird).

My primary complaint is that the film over-emphasizes Oppenheimer's supposed Communist sympathies and the way they affected his entire career, at the expense of almost ANY meaningful sense of thrilling scientific discovery, revelation, and collaboration at Los Alamos. Why on EARTH do we get no real, hands-on sense of actually CONCEIVING AND BUILDING THE ATOMIC BOMB in a biographical epic about J. Robert Oppenheimer? Why does the third act place Oppenheimer in the background and give us an hour about Lewis Strauss? Why does this story necessitate a labyrinthine structure? Why is the sound design the equivalent of some coked-out wrestler screaming into my face? Why is the single atomic blast in this film so graphically underwhelming?

I think when the radioactive smoke clears (and the Barbenheimer phenomenon fades), people will judge this film realistically as a Nolan misstep. Grade: C

(All IMO, of course!)
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It's taken me a little while to fully digest this film, but mostly I was disappointed. This is a typically bludgeoning Nolan epic, but it does have some good points: I appreciated the way the biographical elements are portrayed early on, the performances are top-notch, and the final scene is perfect. But the overall arc of the narrative (especially the third act) is downright unsatisfying, I think because Nolan felt too beholden to the source material (AMERICAN PROMETHEUS by Kai Bird).

My primary complaint is that the film over-emphasizes Oppenheimer's supposed Communist sympathies and the way they affected his entire career, at the expense of almost ANY meaningful sense of thrilling scientific discovery, revelation, and collaboration at Los Alamos. Why on EARTH do we get no real, hands-on sense of actually CONCEIVING AND BUILDING THE ATOMIC BOMB in a biographical epic about J. Robert Oppenheimer? Why does the third act place Oppenheimer in the background and give us an hour about Lewis Strauss? Why does this story necessitate a labyrinthine structure? Why is the sound design the equivalent of some coked-out wrestler screaming into my face? Why is the single atomic blast in this film so graphically underwhelming?

I think when the radioactive smoke clears (and the Barbenheimer phenomenon fades), people will judge this film realistically as a Nolan misstep. Grade: C

(All IMO, of course!)
I'm no dummy, and if they had put a bunch of complicated science into the story, it would have all gone over my head and bored the shit out of me. The story of a man who was lionized by the government and then torn down because of changing political winds is something the general public can understand and perhaps sympathize with.
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Re: Oppenheimer (2023, W/D: Nolan) -- The Reviews Thread

My oldest wants to see this and while I can skip sex scenes on a Blu-ray I can't in the theater and they're just too young for that. Can anyone tell me a good spot to walk out and we can take a bathroom break, get a popcorn refill, etc., please?
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My oldest wants to see this and while I can skip sex scenes on a Blu-ray I can't in the theater and they're just too young for that. Can anyone tell me a good spot to walk out and we can take a bathroom break, get a popcorn refill, etc., please?
How old is your kid?
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The scenes are not overly long or gratuitous. There is an extremely quick sex scene in a bed, almost blink and you miss it and another where they both sit naked talking to each other. The only one that may be worthy of walking out for is the scene where they are having imagined sex in front of the commission but even that is over pretty quick.

12 or over, I would just let it ride. Hell, maybe even 10 or older. Have you had "the talk" yet?

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