Biographies on screen are difficult. If the filmmaker is obsessed with accuracy, it becomes documentary and boring. Instead, if you make it engaging you move away from the facts and in the case of telling the world-changing story of the Atomic bomb, no director has got that leeway. This task was not daunting at all for the master director Christopher Nolan who won the challenge with flying colours. Oppenheimer (2023) gets a Ripe rating from mangoidiots.
It would’ve been too tempting and easy to cover the actual bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki or the details of what went into the first bombs developed by the USA in its Manhattan Project. Instead, Nolan starts with the kangaroo court enquiry in 1954 almost a decade after the second world war of Mr J Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the Atomic Bomb. Without having read the USA history of the period, it was difficult for a few minutes to follow the American Senate confirmation hearing of Mr Lewis Strauss, but soon it becomes clear to us and by the second hour or so we start rooting for Mr Oppenheimer.
The casting led by Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, Matt Damon as Leslie Groves, and Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss were perfect.