Review: Oppenheimer is potent, frightening, explosive as Christopher Nolan delivers his most Oscar-baiting cinematic opus yet

You've probably heard a lot about the Barbie movie, but another film has hit our cinemas that also defines an era, its called Oppenheimer. 

J. Robert Oppenheimer was a physicist who became known as the "father of the atomic bomb".

Now, director Christopher Nolan has told the story of a man he described as "possibly the most important person who ever lived".

There can be no Barbie without Oppenheimer. What a time to be alive!  The perfect double feature. Let's push the button on Christopher Nolan's IMAX spectacle, that is the J. Robert Oppenheimer story.

A Nolan Batman faithful, Irish actor Cillian Murphy comes out of the Scarecrow shadows and into the leading man spotlight. And light that fuse he does on IMAX, across the three-hour running time, Murphy is well and truly ready for his close-up.

It's a huge historical story to tell and the fact there is still such intimacy to this film just shows the class of it.

Layer upon layer of Oppy's life as a ground-breaking physicist and the great minds around him who throw themselves headlong into The Manhattan Project, into beating Germany to the bomb. 

Yet more layers personal and political as his history with the Communist Party and the women he loves and leaves give his enemies the clubs they need to beat him.

It's at times an infuriating and complex watch, but at all times entirely exhilarating.

Nolan has delivered his most Oscar-baiting cinematic opus yet, drawing award-worthy performances from his cast. Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr are the stand-outs and blowing our minds once again with this deeply immersive all-senses story-telling. It's potent, frightening and explosive. 

Four-and-a-half-star big screen watch.