Spike Lee, an experienced filmmaker, called “Oppenheimer” a terrific picture that would have been better if director Christopher Nolan had shown the impact of nuclear bombs on the Japanese people during WWII.
Spike Lee On Oppenheimer
“Oppenheimer,” starring Cillian Murphy, is a 180-minute-long epic biographical drama about the titular American theoretical physicist that was released in theaters on July 21. It has become one of the year’s highest-grossing pictures.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Lee stated that his comments about the film were “not criticism” but rather a comment.
“With ‘Oppenheimer,’ Chris Nolan is a massive filmmaker.” Fantastic flick… This is not meant to be a critique. It’s a remark. If (‘Oppenheimer’) is three hours long, I’d like to add a few minutes to discuss what occurred to the Japanese people.
“People got vaporized. Many years later, people are radioactive. It’s not like he didn’t have power. He tells studios what to do. I would have loved to have the end of the film maybe show what it did, dropping those two nuclear bombs on Japan,” the Oscar winner told the publication.
Lee also shared he showed Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk” in his New York University film class.
“Understand, this is all love. And I bet (Nolan) could tell me some things he would change about ‘Do the Right Thing’ and ‘Malcolm X’,” he added.
In the same interview, the director also praised Martin Scorsese for his latest directorial venture “Killers of the Flower Moon”.
“That’s my guy… it’s a great film,” he said.
Lee, who is also a member of the Academy, believes the film’s breakout star Lily Gladstone has a chance to become the first Native American actress to win a lead actress Oscar.
“Lily Gladstone is going to win an Oscar.” “She has my vote,” he added.
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