Movie Review Flashback: ‘TENET’: A Nonsensical Masterpiece

With Tenet now available for the masses on HBO Max, here’s my review.

Christopher Nolan is known for making movies with trippy plotlines that are hard to grasp but nice to look at and yet TENET makes Inception look like an Avengers movie.

TENET is incredible for all of its spectacle and seat-rumbling (due to its incredible sound in IMAX) glory but what it has in sheer eye-widening visuals it lacks in cohesive storytelling. Literally, I didn’t know what was going on from the very beginning.

The movie moves at such a breakneck speed from the get go that you can’t figure out what in the heck is happening, not to mention that the movie is so loud you can’t hear what people are saying when it seems that they’re uttering a crucial detail to the ever-changing plot of the movie.

Nolan has created a puzzle that runs forwards and backwards, literally, and his time inversion heist save-the-world-from-doomsday-semi-love story movie is just…whoa. It’s a lot!

I’m a Christopher Nolan fan and once again he has delivered another mind-blowing achievement in the art of movie making. His story is ridiculously complex but I understand that with multiple viewings it will surely get better and better. I am very excited to see it again one day and unlock all of its fascinating intricacies but the fact that as I walked out of the theater and didn’t know what was going on…that isn’t exactly what you want out of a movie.

I’ll give this movie, as of right now, a solid 90 out of 100 and 4 out of 5 stars. For spectacle, it’s perfection. For storytelling, this is probably the most confusing movie I have ever seen.

Present day: I would just like to let you know that I have watched this movie at least four times and it is still confusing as heck and a bit overwhelming, if I’m being honest. John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, and Elizabeth Debicki are great leads to this solid espionage Bond-esque film and it is their performances alone that keep me invested but for the first time in Nolan’s career, he created a story that involved him biting off more than he could chew.

But it’s still got a great soundtrack and the visuals are as stunning on the television as they were in IMAX.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.

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