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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!

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‘TENET’ At Home

Okay, so I have now seen Tenet a total of three times and I plan to watch it again today one more time just because. Christopher Nolan is an ambitious filmmaker but his latest project feels just a bit too out there.

I have tried my hardest to understand this plot and all of its machinations but what I have learned, thanks to someone who did all the hard work for me and then wrote they had discovered on Esquire (read the full post here) is that Tenet is like one of those unwinnable games of Solitaire.

If you don’t want to give up and start a new game you can undo over and over again, create every combination you can possibly think of, and still end up stuck somewhere. So basically, Tenet introduces the theory of the grandfather paradox; a theory in which people interested in time travel wonder what happens if you kill your grandfather does that mean you don’t exist anymore.

It’s an intriguing theory that has no answer, leading in an endless loop with no answer. So, that basically is the premise of Tenet. It’s clues lead to an endless paradox that has no answer but a bunch of hidden meanings within its context. So now that I know there is no right or wrong answer to this confusing pile of what-the-heck! my new mission is to understand just exactly what is going on with the whole inversion thing.

I am still having a hard time comprehending just exactly what the whole inversion thing and how it affects the stories of Neil, Sator, Kat, and The Protagonist. Once I’ve figured that out, I think I’ll enjoy this movie a whole lot more.

Despite the obvious confusion, Tenet still has its appeal. The cinematography and classiness of the film makes it stand out among Nolan’s movies who doesn’t often go for the fancier stories that ooze Bond-like charm. Plus, the action scenes are still spectacular, even at home. But once again, I still feel the same way about Tenet that I have since the beginning; it’s got charm and bluster but it’s incomprehensible storyline is inexcusable.

4/5 stars.

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

Watching ‘TENET’ For the Second Time

Okay, TENET is officially Christopher Nolan’s most mind-numbing film. I watched it for the second time yesterday and as I left my local movie theater with yet another headache there was a sense of glee considering that I was able to understand about 65% of the movie this time around. However, the film’s convoluted plot and brain-shattering sound still left crucial plot points vaguely comprehensible, leaving me still scratching my head and wondering just exactly what the heck just happened.

I honestly feel the exact same as I did last time, even with more information lodged in my brain. The Protagonist and Neil are still my favorite movie duo of all time, the movie is still a jaw-dropping spectacle that is worth the price of admission, but Nolan’s inflated genius for this one is ultimately what keeps it from being a legendary blockbuster.

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I’m Getting Ready to Watch ‘TENET’ a Second Time

Okay, about a month ago I watched TENET for the first time and my immediate response was…“WHAT THE HECK?!”

Christopher Nolan is a genius filmmaker, bringing complex stories like Inception and Interstellar to life in brilliant fashion while upgrading simple movies like The Dark Knight Trilogy to legendary status. However, his latest film was such a doozy that it left me scratching my head wondering whether I really loved his latest cinematic endeavor or was overwhelmed by his bloated ego. (And I was one of those moviegoers who understood Interstellar on my first viewing.) Sometimes less is more and TENET is nothing but more, more, more.

Well today I discover the truth. I will be going to see the two and a half hour time-inversion espionage flick this afternoon for the second time and I approach this fun activity with excitement and a bit of nervousness. Will this movie be the film that I expect it to be; a freaking brilliant masterpiece. Or will it devolve into that overly stuffed sandwich that’s got a lot of toppings but no flavor? I am very excited to share my thoughts with you later on this afternoon and I hope I will have great news.

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

‘TENET’ Has Given Me My Favorite Duo in Cinema

When I watch a movie I like to compare it to similar films I have seen of the same genre. TENET is easily comparable to the likes of the Bond films and Mission: Impossible movies with its gorgeous actors and locations (that’s the Bond aspect) centered around a top-secret mission to stop doomsday (that sounds like Mission: Impossible to me.) But of course, it’s Nolan-esque twist is its incredibly confusing, mind-bending theme of time inversion and good guys from the future fighting an antagonist who can move through time.

I’ve only seen TENET once and my family and I, over the past two days, have managed to decipher a few clues dispersed throughout the film’s convoluted storyline, delivering some rewarding discoveries that have made us want to watch the film again the next chance we get. But there was one very important detail that didn’t need to be explained or seen again to understand and that was the awesomeness of The Protagonist (John David Washington) and Neil (Robert Pattinson.)

These two fellas, who were both remarkably handsome in their own right, stole the show with their performances as the ultimate spy duo moving through time to save the world.

They were so great together, in fact, that their scenes were my favorite parts in the movie, leaving me wanting to see another film that features the two characters stopping more bad guys through time in mind-boggling ways.

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‘TENET’: A Nonsensical Masterpiece

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 love story movie is just…whoa. It’s a lot!

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