The movie takes on the form of an academic-psychedelic biography, reminiscent of the meticulously edited 1990s Oliver Stone films, characterized by intense pacing and a surreal narrative.

Academic-Psychedelic Biography:


Infused with pitch-black humor, the film channels Stanley Kubrick's style, especially in a scene where officials decide on Japanese cities to bomb. A touch of Kubrick is reinforced by the presence of Matthew Modine from "Full Metal Jacket."

Black Humor and Kubrickesque Moments:


Exemplifying top-of-the-line, studio-produced popular art, the movie draws parallels to Michael Mann's "The Insider," Terrence Malick's later works, and nonlinear-edited classics like "Hiroshima Mon Amour" and "Citizen Kane."

Studio-Produced Art with Swagger:


The performances carry an "old movie" vibe, featuring quick-paced dialogue reminiscent of screwball comedies. This energy is most apparent in the lively arguments between Robert and Kitty, as well as abstract debates on power and responsibility.

Old-Movie Feel and Screwball Comedy Energy:


The film skillfully weaves together elements from different genres, evoking the nonlinear editing of "Hiroshima Mon Amour," the intensity of "The Pawnbroker," the musical drama of "All That Jazz," and the enigmatic atmosphere of "Picnic at Hanging Rock."

Strains of Various Film Genres:


A Rosebud-like mystery surrounds Oppenheimer and Einstein's conversation by a Princeton pond. Tom Conti plays Albert Einstein in a role that adds to the film's intrigue.

Rosebud-Like Mystery and Einstein Interactions:


The actors deliver their lines with an "old movie" feel, using quick dialogue and limited facial movement, creating a distinctive atmosphere reminiscent of classic Hollywood films.

Old Hollywood Dialogue Delivery:


The screwball comedy energy intensifies during the marital conflicts between Robert and Kitty, adding humor to discussions of sexual indiscretions and advice.

Screwball Comedy Energy in Marital Conflicts:


The film delves into governmental hearings, particularly Oppenheimer's security clearance renewal and Strauss's approval for Eisenhower's cabinet. Despite criticism for being "too long," these tendencies complement the theoretical discussions on individual and collective personalities.

Governmental Hearings and Furiously Entropic Tendencies:


Characters face a tribunal, called to account for their contradictions, hypocrisies, and sins. The movie leaves the audience in the dark, given information but not a directive, embracing the idea that decisions should be left open-ended.

Tribunal Theme and Open-Ended Conclusion:


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