Christopher Nolan's film, Oppenheimer, has been making waves with its impressive 181-minute runtime. However, fitting the movie within the time constraints of IMAX screenings proved to be quite a challenge during the editing process.
Despite concerns about its length, producer Emma Thomas is relieved that only half an hour had to be cut, ensuring impactful performances were preserved. When it comes to making a film, the length can have a significant impact on its success. Emma Thomas shares that she wasn't initially thrilled when she read Christopher Nolan's screenplay for Oppenheimer. Clocking in at over three hours, she knew it would be a daunting task.
The original cut of the film was three and a half hours, with every scene being pivotal to the storytelling. Cutting any scene would have disrupted the film's narrative. Editing by a thousand cuts became the solution. Despite the challenges, Thomas acknowledges that Nolan and editor Jennifer Lame could have trimmed a little more. However, she is glad they didn't because it allowed for the performances to shine through. In particular, Robert Downey Jr.'s portrayal of the corrupt Lewis Strauss has garnered rave reviews.
Additionally, digital platforms such as Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, Vudu, Xfinity, YouTube, Microsoft, and Verizon will offer the movie for streaming starting November 21. Oppenheimer is a compelling biographical drama that tells the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the American scientist who played a pivotal role in the development of the atomic bomb.
Directed by Christopher Nolan, the film features a star-studded cast including Cillian Murphy, Matt Damon, and Robert Downey Jr.