The biopic starts as an origin story, then turns into a heist film, before becoming a legal drama.
In his book Unleashing Oppenheimer: Inside Christopher Nolan’s Explosive Atomic-Age ThrillerJada Yuan discusses in detail the making ofOppenheimer. Its screenwriter and director, Christopher Nolanjustifies its choice to alternate between black and white and color to tell the story of the father of the atomic bomb, or detail the reasons why he writes his script in the first person.
Over the interviews and the evolution of his project, Chris Nolan says he is proud to have made this biopic a breathtaking thriller. In particular thanks to its construction in three stages: for him, it is as if he had brought together three very different films in one.
“My film begins as the‘origin story’ of a hero, if you will: we follow the evolution of the young Oppenheimer. Then, halfway through the movie, when we get to Los Alamos, it becomes a heist movie. Really: we see how this team set up this impossible project. In terms of imagery, I always thought this part looked like a western. Finally, for the last act, we dive deep into the legal drama. I have always been fascinated by this kind of film, I dreamed of making one.”
Oppenheimer is currently in theaters. The film has just crossed the 700 million dollars in receipts in the world. Here is its trailer: