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'Oppenheimer' Movie Review: Cillian Murphy is Brilliant as Oppenheimer

Oppenheimer is about the maker of the atomic bomb, J. Robert Oppenheimer (played by Cillian Murphy). Christopher Nolan's biopic about Oppenheimer takes a deep dive into the man, why he took the job, why he made it, and the guilt that he had after the damage was already done. Cillian Murphy plays Oppenheimer brilliantly, and coming from someone who hasn't seen Murphy in a lot of films, this may have me watching other films he stars in.

Cillian Murphy as Oppenheimer
via Universal Pictures

Murphy plays every facet of Oppenheimer beautifully, whether it was him being a physicist, a womanizer, or just a man trying to face his own guilt. I don't know if anyone else could have played such a historical figure other than Murphy. He took what was given to him and upped it, completely shining in any scene he is in, which is most of the movie. Nolan's directing is also amazing; there are multiple scenes that are acted beautifully and look amazing. One scene in the movie had me in awe of how it looked and how Murphy acted in the scene; it is probably my favorite scene in the entire movie.

There are some flaws in the movie, one being the 3-hour runtime. It seemed like a movie that didn't have a lot of filler but also didn't need to be as long as it was. Cutting 30 minutes of the movie would have served this movie well. That would be my biggest complaint or flaw about the film; other than that, it was a great historical film that shows the ascent and descent of Oppenheimer in his eyes and the eyes of the government.

Cillian Murphy as Oppenheimer working on the Manhattan Project
via Universal Pictures

The supporting cast also brings in great performances, namely Robert Downey Jr. (Lewis Strauss), Matt Damon (Leslie Groves), and Emily Blunt (Katherine Oppenheimer). Downey brings in one of the best performances of his career. When the movie started, I thought Strauss was on Oppenheimer's side. Then we slowly see the descent of a man and his envy. Damon was great in the film, as he sparks a contrast with Murphy's Oppenheimer. Blunt has the best performance outside of Murphy. Blunt makes you feel for his wife, the trouble that Oppenheimer put her through, and how the whole situation affected his relationship and his family.

Cillian Murphy and Matt Damon in Oppenheimer
via Universal Pictures

All in all, Oppenheimer does mostly everything right and is a very great movie, especially if you are into history and are the target audience. I will say that I am not the target audience for this film but still thoroughly enjoyed it. You can tell the whole cast and crew were passionate about what they were making. Christopher Nolan adds to his long list of acclaimed movies that will be up for many awards. Murphy will definitely be up for Best Actor at the Oscars and many other award shows. Definitely go to see Oppenheimer in theaters; you won't regret it.


Rating: 8.5/10




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