Whether you missed it during it's original theatrical release last year or you want to relive half of your Barbenheimer experience, Christopher Nolan’s epic biopic is not to be missed.
The film focuses on the life of the 'father of the atomic bomb', theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer. His most famous work was leading the Manhattan Project, America's effort to create an atomic bomb during World War 2. In the aftermath of the bombings of Japan, Oppenheimer became increasingly critical of further atomic development - putting him on a collision course with powerful U.S. politicians.
This formidable film is a cinematic spectacle like few others, equal parts awe-inspiring and solemn. Nolan expertly weaves together scientific discoveries, romantic liaisons, courtroom drama and university debates with startling clarity, aided by tremendous performances from Cillian Murphy and a vast ensemble cast of contemporary acting greats such as Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt, Matt Damon and Florence Pugh.
The music and sound design are integral to telling this layered story. Ludwig Göransson's masterful score is perhaps the finest of the past year. He picked up the Golden Globe for Best Original Score last month for his immersive work.
With Cillian Murphy as the bookies favourite to snag the 'Best Actor' Oscar next month, along with likely wins by cast and crew in other categories too, "Oppenheimer" is essential cinematic viewing.
Join us this Thursday at 8pm for this week's incendiary instalment of Film@BirrTheatre.
Run time: 180 minutes