The director adapted the script for the biopic of the father of the atomic bomb, but gave it a very unorthodox touch.
Summer promises a series of big releases that will keep the box office buzzing throughout the summer months. Oppenheimer is one of the big bets, with Cillian Murphy becoming the father of the atomic bomb: J. Robert Oppenheimer.
Christopher Nolan will direct this star-studded biopic that makes the movie be one of the great summer attractions of the billboard. Along with Murphy, the film brings together names like Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Florence Pugh, Kenneth Branagh, Rami Malek, Casey Affleck, Ben Safdie o Josh Hartnett.
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Even though Oppenheimer is a movie adapting the book American Prometheus by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin, Christopher Nolan chose to give his script a unique approach to highlight the figure of the famous scientist and make us see history through his eyes.
Speaking to Empire magazine, the director noted that in Oppenheimer’s script, even the scene directions are written in the first person.
Oppenheimer at the absolute center of the film
Christopher Nolan emphasizes that the intention of adapting the script in the first person is due to the fact that it seeks that the whole story is perceived through the eyes of the character of Cillian Murphynot that we limit ourselves to accompanying him and judging him.
“Actually, I wrote it in the first person, which I’ve never done before. I don’t know if anyone has done it before. But the point is, with the color sequences, which is the majority of the film, everything counts. from Oppenheimer’s point of view: you’re literally looking through his eyes.
It was weird to do. But it was a reminder to me and to everyone on how to shoot the movie: ‘Okay, this is the point of view for each scene.’
I wanted to go over this story with Oppenheimer; he didn’t want to sit next to him and judge him. It seemed like a pointless exercise. That is more typical of a documentary, political theory or history of science. This is a story that you experience with him, you don’t judge him. You face these ethical and irreconcilable dilemmas with him.”
Oppenheimer will land in theaters on July 21ready to compete at the box office with other heavyweights like Barbie or Mission Impossible: Deadly Judgment – Part 1.