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Good Night Oppy: Release Date, Synopsis, Production, Reception of Good Night Oppy!

Good Night Oppy is an American documentary film made by Ryan White and narrated by Angela Bassett that will be released in 2022. On September 3, 2022, it made its international premiere at the Telluride Film Festival.

Synopsis of Good Night Oppy

The film covers the narrative of Opportunity, sometimes known as Oppy, a Mars rover that was launched in 2003 and planned to function for approximately 90 sols but instead explored Mars for nearly 15 years.

The film includes archive footage and interviews with scientists and engineers, as well as recreations of the rover’s journeys across the Martian terrain in search of water.

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Production of Good Night Oppy

Film 45 collaborated with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television in 2019 to produce the film Opportunity. Brandon Carroll of Film 45 discussed the concept with Ryan White and producer Jessica Hargrave in March 2020.

In November 2020, the filmmakers presented a 17-minute trailer to interested distributors. Amazon Studios, Film 45, Amblin Television, and Tripod Media announced in March 2021 that they will co-produce Good Night Oppy, a film on the Mars exploration rover Opportunity. It was acquired by Amazon Studios in November 2021 and concluded the month after.

Angela Bassett narrates the film, which features visual effects by Industrial Light & Magic and archival footage from NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Director Ryan White and editor Helen Kearns wrote the script.

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Music of Good Night Oppy

Blake Neely composed the soundtrack. Pop songs “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles, “Roam” by The B-52’s, “SOS” by ABBA, “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves, and “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham! are also featured.

Release Date of Good Night Oppy

Amazon Studios released it in limited quantities on November 4, 2022, prior to its availability on Prime Video on November 23, 2022.

Good Night Oppy made its debut at the Telluride Film Festival on September 3, 2022, and at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2022.

It was released in theaters in the United States on November 4, 2022, and will be available on Prime Video beginning on November 23, 2022.

Reception of Good Night Oppy

Ben Kenigsberg of The New York Times commented, “While descriptions of the aged robots suffering from arthritis and memory loss are arguably too charming, by the end of ‘Good Night Oppy,’ Opportunity and Spirit are no less lovable than R2-D2 or Wall-E.”

Michael O’Sullivan of The Washington Post gave it 2.5 out of 4 stars and wrote, “It’s such a feel-good story that Oppy may instill in you the same warm, fuzzy sense of satisfaction that she plainly has in her NASA family.”

Aurora Amidon of Paste stated that the film is “emotional but rarely over the top, visually stunning, frequently dabbles in the area of nail-biting thrillers, and, on top of that, it’s really educational.”

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Matt Zoller Seitz of gave it three out of four stars, stating, “To get across the magnitude of what his subjects saw and did, White employs commercial filmmaking devices from beginning to end, in the style of the fun-for-all-ages summer blockbusters that dominated the box office in the 1980s and ’90s,” adding, “the score by Blake Neely has a John Williams magic-and-wonder vibe.”