The momentous film “Oppenheimer” is receiving a lot of attention these days, whether in the shape of reviews, cinematography, or even controversies. With the release of the film, J Robert Oppenheimer’s life has been the focal point of attention; many facts have been twisted into fiction, but Oppenheimer’s grandson Charles Oppenheimer remains focused on the truth of his grandfather’s life. The film covers the life of J Robert Oppenheimer, known as the “Father of the Atomic Bomb,” and how he came to be considered as such. Nolan spectacularly displays the art of filmmaking through the biopic of Oppenheimer. The movie is also regarded as the finest ‘cinematic masterpiece.’
In a recent interview with Time, Charles Oppenheimer expressed his displeasure with the context in which Oppenheimer attempts to murder his professor. “The part I like the least is this poison apple reference,” Oppenheimer said of Nolan’s movie. “If you read ‘American Prometheus’ carefully enough, the authors say, ‘We don’t really know if it happened… There’s no record of him trying to kill somebody. That’s a really serious accusation and it’s historical revision. There’s not a single enemy or friend of Robert Oppenheimer who heard that during his life and considered it to be true.”
Nolan’s cinematic marvel is based on the book by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin’s biography American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, however the claim of attempted murder of the professor is quite unclear in the book. It is probably a presumption on the part of the author. But, presumption doesn’t make up the ground of facts which is the reason for Charles’ disapproval.
Charles Oppenheimer furthermore added in his interview, “Sometimes facts get dragged through a game of telephone.In the movie, it’s treated vaguely and you don’t really know what’s going on unless you know this incredibly deep backstory. So it honestly didn’t bother me. It bothers me that it was in the biography with that emphasis, not a disclaimer of, this is an unsubstantiated rumor that we want to put in our book to make it interesting.” Aside from Charles’ “least liked” scene, he was completely pleased with Nolan’s portrayal of Oppenheimer’s life. He thereby stated, “As a dramatized representation of the history, it was really largely accurate,” he said. “There are parts that I disagree with, but not really because of Nolan.”