Clever Fan Theory Explains Why Oppenheimer’s Last Hour May Disappoint
The early reviews of Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer are in, and not all of them are positive.
Oppenheimer has just premiered in Paris, and French critics are all over Nolan’s biopic. The movie has received praise for Ludwig Goransson’s electrifying soundtrack and impeccable casting and directorial work (via a fan Twitter account).
The film’s complex plot is another point of pride. Many say that Oppenheimer is Nolan’s “most dense” work to date, with perfectly timed dialogue, complex characters, and, of course, the narrative itself. As usual, you would have to watch the movie at least twice to get the gist of what is happening.
The critics are calling Oppenheimer “spectacular” and “exciting.” The film is three hours long, but is said to keep the viewers on the edge of their seats the entire time. There is also an eerie rumor floating around that the last hour of the movie “may disappoint some people.”
While no one has spilled the beans on what that could mean, fans have already come up with the cleverest theory to explain it. It’s no secret that Nolan has decided to go back to the roots with Oppenheimer in the sense that he wanted the film to be as authentic as possible.
That is partly why there are some black-and-white sequences, which are supposed to feel more “objective,” as the director himself stated in an interview with Total Film (via GamesRadar).
Nolan even “wrote the script in the first person,” which was a first for him. He meant the color scenes to be “subjective” and the black-and-white ones to represent an “objective” point of view.
Now the fans believe that Oppenheimer’s final hour could be a whole lot of black-and-white (maybe even real-life footage from Hiroshima or Nagasaki), and that’s the reason it will leave some people unsatisfied. Not everyone enjoys a good ol’ pixelated documentary from the 20th century, and that is fine.
You’ll have to see for yourself if Nolan’s biopic lives up to the hype. Oppenheimer comes out on July 21, 2023.