A feminist academic has criticized the new Oppenheimer film after claiming that no women would speak until 20 minutes into the film.
The film, which examines the life of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, inventor of the atomic bomb, was released this weekend to rave reviews.
On Twitter, Dr. Tanya Roth canceled the film within the first twenty minutes due to the lack of female representation.
On Friday, the women’s history expert said, “Fun fact: no women speak until 20 minutes into Oppenheimer begins, and then within a minute there’s a sex scene.”
She added, “In addition, there are no black people for at least 30 minutes, and I believe there are two black men throughout the film.”
The academic tweeted about her anger on Friday, but later added that it was a beautiful film
The academic, pictured here, took to Twitter to share her views, for which she was widely criticized
Cillian Murphy plays the title role. In addition to an ensemble cast, they include Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt, Matt Damon and Florence Pugh.
It’s also the first time director Christopher Nolan has included a sex scene in one of his films.
Nolan previously said he was “appropriately nervous and appropriately cautious” filming the scenes with Pugh and Murphy.
As a result of her remarks, Roth has been heavily criticized for her comments on the social platform.
One person tweeted: “It must be exhausting to be so miserable.”
Another said: “I don’t care if there are any women in it at all.”
Left to right: Florence Pugh plays Jean Tatlock and Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer in Oppenheimer.
“As long as it’s as historically accurate as possible, given the medium, and interesting/’entertaining’ to me.”
Another wrote, “Anyone who says ‘fun fact’ actually never says anything funny and is always annoying.” It’s a historical film.
“Should they have changed the story to make it more inclusive to your feelings?” That’s the epitome of what’s wrong right now. Do you know what this word means?
She later tweeted, “It’s beautiful to look at, I’ll admit that.” But I think the narrative structure is too complex.
“Also, there are at least two scenes where you see Florence Pugh topless, one of which is a sex scene.”
Emily Blunt, who plays Kitty Oppenheimer, also stars in the film as the husband of the title character
Cillian Murphy plays J. Robert Oppenheimer in the recently released film, which has received rave reviews
Nolan told insiderthat the intimate scenes played an “essential role” in establishing the relationship between Oppenheimer and Tatlock, whose association with the American Communist Party raised suspicions that Oppenheimer was a Soviet spy.
He said: “If you look at Oppenheimer’s life and his story, that aspect of his life, that aspect of his sexuality, his approach to women, the charm that he exuded, that’s an essential part of his story.”
In comparison, Roth also tweeted, ‘Fun fact: I clocked 7 minutes and 35 seconds before a man spoke in Barbie.’ No sex scenes.’
The two films were released last weekend in the so-called Barbenheimer series.
Thousands of moviegoers flock to theaters to see Barbie and Oppenheimer – which together could gross $200 million in its opening weekend
Barbie grossed $22.5 million in Thursday’s previews, while Universal Pictures’ Oppenheimer netted $10.5 million in pre-show ticket sales. Pictured: Margot Robbie in a scene from Barbie (left) and Cillian Murphy in a scene from Oppenheimer
Probably the two most anticipated films of the year, whose cinematic opposites were brought together by cross-marketing fate.
According to the National Association of Theater Owners, approximately 200,000 moviegoers in North America booked same-day tickets for each film.
Warner Bros. said Friday that “Barbie” grossed $22.5 million in Thursday previews, its best tally of the year and a clear sign that the film will easily surpass $100 million over the weekend.
Universal Pictures’ Oppenheimer grossed $10.5 million in ticket sales ahead of the show and expects to open between $40 million and $60 million.