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Daniel Talks “Oppenheimer” – Bonus Podcast Movie Review


Oppenheimer (2023; Christopher Nolan)

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In this change-of-pace mini-episode, Sacramento film critic Daniel Barnes shares his thoughts on Christopher Nolan’s new three-hour biopic Oppenheimer, starring Cillian Murphy as the father of the atomic bomb. Daniel recalls his The Two Popes-esque encounter with Nolan, praises Murphy’s haunted and haunting lead performance, and delves into the film’s many paradoxes.

If nothing else, Oppenheimer confirms Nolan’s status as the ultimate “chalkboard director.” He inevitably gives us scenes in which someone flips over a chalkboard to dumb down complex ideas for their fellow geniuses onscreen and us idiots in the audience.

Read more of Daniel’s reviews at Dare Daniel and Rotten Tomatoes, and listen to Daniel on the Dare Daniel podcast.