Every few years, Christopher Nolan descends from the Mount Olympus of directors to deliver another must-see movie. His consistency rivals any living or legendary filmmaker. As a writer, director, and producer, he’s one of the most successful auteurs working in cinema, and he’s making blockbusters[ ‘Oppenheimer’: Trailer, Plot ] that match the scale of Spielberg’s or Kubrick’s classics. The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, Memento: his body of work is a checkerboard of originality and adaptation.
Nolan’s twelfth film will be a change of pace for his filmography; the director is writing and producing a biopic concerning the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer. For more about who that is, what the movie might be about, and the cast—so far—check out our breakdown of everything we know about Oppenheimer.
Trailer and Release
A one-minute teaser trailer was released exclusively in theaters ahead of Jordan Peele’s Nope. The trailer was then released online a week later on July 28, 2022.
The full trailer for the film was released exclusively in theaters ahead of IMAX showings of Avatar: The Way of Water.
A different cut of the official trailer was released online on December 18, 2022. The trailer, which is narrated by Cillian Murphy, teases a much more emotional and human film than some might have expected from a movie about the creation of the nuclear bomb directed by Christopher Nolan but paired with Ludwig Göransson’s score, that’s what it feels like.
The second full trailer for Oppenheimer was initially released exclusively in movie theaters and played before IMAX screenings of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. On May 8, 2023, Universal uploaded the trailer to their YouTube channel.
What Is Oppenheimer About?
Oppenheimer is an adaptation of the book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Martin Sherwin and Kai Bird. The Pulitzer Prize-winning book is being adapted into a movie described as, “An IMAX-shot epic thriller that thrusts the audience into the pulse-pounding paradox of the enigmatic man who must risk destroying the world in order to save it.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer, the protagonist of the film, was a scientist most famous for leading The Manhattan Project—the team that developed the atomic bomb for the United States of America in World War II. He later served as chairman of the United States Atomic Energy Commission, where he worked to slow the developing nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union.
In 1954, Oppenheimer was branded a communist for his affiliation with multiple groups. He was relieved of service from the federal government and continued his contributions to science as a teacher and groundbreaking theoretical physicist during his exile. Despite never winning a Nobel Prize before his death in 1967, he received three Nobel Prize nominations in physics from 1946 to 1967.
IMAX Format and Filming
The above clip highlights the production of Oppenheimer and Nolan’s dedication to the IMAX format. If you weren’t aware, a regular movie screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio, while IMAX’s exclusive 1.90:1 aspect ratio is roughly 26% larger. Most films reserve IMAX cameras for action set pieces, such as the final battle in an Avengers movie, but Nolan chose to shoot the entirety of Oppenheimer in IMAX. It was reported that the rolls of IMAX film that Nolan used to shoot Oppenheimer stretched to 11 miles long, weighing as much as 600 lbs.
Nolan explained why he loves shooting his films in IMAX:
“The sharpness and the clarity and the depth of the image is unparalleled. The headline, for me, is by shooting on IMAX 70mm film, you’re really letting the screen disappear. You’re getting a feeling of 3D without the glasses. You’ve got a huge screen and you’re filling the peripheral vision of the audience. You’re immersing them in the world of the film.”
Sum It Up!
Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film, ‘Oppenheimer’: Trailer, Plot promises to be a thrilling and thought-provoking experience. Based on the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the movie delves into the complex story of the scientist who led the team that developed the atomic bomb, only to later work towards peace and slow the nuclear arms race. With its IMAX format and Nolan’s signature style, the film is set to captivate audiences with its immersive storytelling and visual spectacle.
Don’t miss out on this cinematic masterpiece when it hits theaters. Get ready to explore the enigmatic life of Oppenheimer and witness the pulse-pounding paradox of a man torn between saving the world and potentially destroying it.