The First 42 Minutes of Oppenheimer (2023)

Portrait shot of Cillian Murphy as J. Robt. Oppenheimer in fedora and suit, melded with the image of a nuclear explosion in molten golds and browns
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by Jonathan M. Katz

This movie was an obvious fit for me, given my interest in history and biography—especially as concerns World War II (I am, in the final analysis, a dad)—and a lifelong aspiration to appear as if I understand higher-level science and math. But since my second daughter was born weeks before it went into wide release, the odds that I would have three consecutive hours in which to watch it were unfavorable. 

A year later, my kids, having temporarily found a coherent sleep schedule, presented the opportunity I was waiting for. I still only had the bandwidth and patience to watch it in chunks, though. What follows is a review of the only part of the movie I’ve had time to watch so far.

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