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Spike Lee Wishes “Oppenheimer” Had Explored the Japanese Perspective

"Oppenheimer" by Christopher Nolan has made an immense impact as one of the year's biggest blockbusters.

Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” has significantly impacted as one of the year’s biggest blockbusters. 

The film delves into J. Robert Oppenheimer’s pivotal role in the growth of the atomic bomb ultimately led to the devastating bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 

However, director Spike Lee has shared his perspective on the film, expressing a desire to see it delve further into the repercussions of the nuclear blasts on the Japanese population.

A Perspective on the Film:

In an interview with The Washington Post, Spike Lee, the renowned director of “Do The Right Thing,” discussed Christopher Nolan’s work on “Oppenheimer.” 

He stated, “[Nolan] is a massive filmmaker… and this is not a criticism. It’s a comment.” 

Spike Lee acknowledged the film’s potential to explore more facets of the historical event, particularly regarding its impact on the Japanese people.

A Desire for Inclusion:

Spike Lee emphasized, “If [‘Oppenheimer’] is three hours, I would like to add some more minutes about what happened to the Japanese people. People got vaporized.” 

He pointed out that even many years later, the aftermath of the nuclear bombings left people affected by radiation. 

Given Nolan’s influence and power in the film industry, Lee expressed his wish that the movie could have taken the opportunity to depict the consequences of dropping two nuclear bombs on Japan.

About “Oppenheimer”:

“Oppenheimer” is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer,” authored by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin in 2006. 

In the film, the role of J. Robert Oppenheimer is portrayed by Cillian Murphy. Set against the backdrop of World War II, the biopic explores the life of the physicist known as the Father of the Atomic Bomb. 

It delves into a period when Oppenheimer grappled with the fear that testing the atomic bomb could have catastrophic consequences for the world. 

Despite these fears, he ultimately gave the order to proceed. Actor Matt Damon plays the character of General Leslie Groves, who led the Manhattan Project, while Emily Blunt portrays Oppenheimer’s wife, Katherine Oppenheimer.

While “Oppenheimer” has garnered praise for exploring historical events and figures, Spike Lee’s comments highlight the significance of considering different views when telling such significant historical stories.

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