The Wizard of Oppenheimer

Michael Abberton
9 min readJul 28, 2023

Christopher Nolan’s flawed retelling of The Wizard of Oz and the disneyfication of history

Toto the dog sits in the foreground, on a yellow brick road leading to a nuclear mushroom cloud
Toto sits waiting on the road to Oz. AI generated artwork for this article.

Oppenheimer (Christopher Nolan, 2024) is being hailed as a modern classic. Believing the hype and liking some of of the director’s previous work, I went to see it on Imax. I did stay for the whole movie, unfortunately far from entertained or enlightened by the experience, but increasingly angry. It was the worst film I’ve seen…

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Michael Abberton

Tomahawk thrower, writer, trade unionist, Japanese speaker and all around good guy.