The star-studded event saw the presence of renowned actors such as Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr, and Jason Clarke, alongside the visionary director himself.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin, the film explores the life of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, hailed as the father of the atomic bomb. Early reactions from attendees have lauded the film as a stunning character study and a visual masterpiece.
Visually Immersive and Grand in Scale
#Oppenheimer left me stunned: a character study on the grandest scale, with a sublime central performance by Cillian Murphy. An epic historical drama but with a distinctly Nolan sensibility: the tension, structure, sense of scale, startling sound design, remarkable visuals. Wow— Matt Maytum (@mattmaytum) July 11, 2023
The first reactions from the premiere screening of Oppenheimer have been overwhelmingly positive, with many praising Nolan’s ability to craft a visually immersive experience. Matt Maytum, deputy editor of Total Film, expressed his astonishment, describing the film as an “epic” historical drama. He commended Murphy’s sublime performance and highlighted Nolan’s signature elements: tension, remarkable visuals, and a striking sound design that creates a sense of scale. It appears that Nolan’s unique cinematic style has found a perfect fit within the historical backdrop of Oppenheimer.
Christopher Nolan’s #Oppenheimer is truly a spectacular achievement, in its truthful, concise adaptation, inventive storytelling and nuanced performances from Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon and the many, many others involved —- some just for a scene.— Lindsey Bahr (@ldbahr) July 11, 2023
According to Associated Press film writer Lindsey Bahr, the film benefits from exceptional and nuanced performances across the board. While condensing the richness of Oppenheimer into a tweet proved challenging, Bahr emphasised that the movie is a serious, philosophical, and adult drama. Drawing comparisons to Nolan’s previous war drama Dunkirk, Bahr noted that Oppenheimer shares the same level of intensity and excitement, capturing audiences with its thought-provoking narrative and nuanced character portrayals.
Global Release and Future Premieres
Following its world premiere in Paris, Oppenheimer is set to have premieres in London and New York before its theatrical release worldwide on July 21. The film’s gripping story, combined with Nolan’s reputation as a filmmaker, has generated immense anticipation among cinephiles and fans alike. As the positive buzz continues to build, it seems that the biopic is poised to impress audiences worldwide with its intense storytelling and meticulous attention to detail.
While we wait for the epic movie’s release, let’s take a look at all the stars that attended the world premiere in Paris..