Christopher Nolan’s early films, such as “The Prestige”, marked an enchanting introduction to his narrative style, spinning a web of non-linear storytelling that enthralled audiences, including me. Despite the movie’s limited release in Pakistan, it still managed to establish Nolan as a phenomenon and cultivate a dedicated cult.
However, as Nolan’s style matured into a formula, seen in movies like “Inception”, many original followers felt breathless and disconnected. Even as Nolan fans were dissatisfied, they believed his initial brilliance would resurface. This hope fuels Nolan’s fandom today, despite his latest film, “Oppenheimer”, failing to match the greatness of his early works.
“Oppenheimer”: A Complicated Reception
Despite the undeniable skill in creating “Oppenheimer”, it grapples with over-reliance on the protagonist’s enigma and falls short of fully humanising the complex character. Back-to-back monologues delivered by star-studded cast members and overwhelming narratives can fatigue viewers. Yet, Nolan’s genius lies in his ability to create an impactful experience despite a thinning narrative thread, evident in the movie’s dynamic score and sound design. The film signifies nothing but sound and fury, offering an experience worth enduring only if viewers are prepared to tolerate certain narrative choices.