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!
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.
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It’s been a rough year but yes, it’s almost over. I didn’t think that I would see that many movies that year but surprisingly, I’ve seen more than I expected. I’ve seen, in fact, more new films this year than I’ve ever seen; movies like Sunset Boulevard and Seven, The Sound of Music and The Bridge on the River Kwai, A Beautiful Mind and Pan’s Labyrinth, and so much more. As a movie lover, I have delved deep into the throes of Hollywood’s greatest films but I’m straying off course. I’m here to share my ranking of this year’s movies and so, with no further delay, here’s a ranking of the films I’ve seen in 2020.
15. Artemis Fowl
I cannot express to you just how bad this movie is. Artemis Fowl is a beloved children’s book that Disney decided to adapt into a film for Disney+ and the result was astronomically bad.
This movie was so, so very terrible that having never read the book I was still offended. Here’s a suggestion: never watch this movie.
14. The Trial of the Chicago 7
The Trial of the Chicago 7 is such a crap fest of a movie. It’s one of those cliche movies with a recognizable cast about an important American event that’s getting Oscar buzz not because it’s actually good but because it’s reflective of the times. I watched this movie all the way through only because I had to write a review. And that was painful.
13. Wonder Woman 1984
Yes, the newest Wonder Woman film has suffered the dreadful sequel curse. Riddled with eye-rollable moments and lackluster action scenes which all culminate into a strange sequel that retains practically none of its predecessor’s charm, Wonder Woman 1984 is a botched film that struggles to convey a message that this movie didn’t need to say.
I wanted to watch Wonder Woman 1984 for escapism, not to be reminded of how messed up this world is.
Safety is a cute, inspiring film but it’s ultimately forgettable.
11. Birds of Preyand the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Birds of Prey wasn’t received very well and for good reason. The movie is a bit confusing and muddled in its attempt to be cool and fresh but I find the film somewhat enjoyable, even though I’ve only seen it all the way through once.
10. Project Power
Netflix movies can be pretty crappy but Project Power is a surprise hit. It’s a superhero film that feels way more realistic, delivering a powerful story that’s actually pretty fun to watch. Comic book movie alums Jamie Foxx and James Gordon-Levitt are the stars of this Netflix movie and they do a great job. If you’ve got Netflix, check it out. It’s actually pretty good.
9. Enola Holmes
After having just finished the critically-acclaimed series, Sherlock I was really excited to meet Enola Holmes, Sherlock’s super intelligent and super eager for an adventure sister. The Netflix original film is well-made and actually had some nice surprises. It also manages to be feminist without being too on the nose (yes, I’m talking about you Wonder Woman 1984) or detracting from the overall fun of the mystery. Enola Holmes isn’t great but I personally found it more enjoyable than the two Sherlock Holmes movies starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.
If you like Alien you’ll like Underwater. This movie starts quickly and it doesn’t stop. Get ready for a suspenseful ride.
7. The Invisible Man
Don’t sleep on The Invisible Man. This horrifying thriller is actually really good. With an on-the-edge-of-your-seat story that continues to surprise along the way, The Invisible Man is a must-watch if you have HBO Max.
6. American Utopia
Earlier this year on HBO Max, a live Broadway production filmed by Spike Lee and helmed by Grammy-winning singer/songwriter David Byrne called American Utopia debuted and I decided to watch it. For nearly two hours I was sucked into a performance that had me dancing and totally immersed. I know David Byrne for his most iconic works as a member of the hit band, Talking Heads, but it was nice to see him as an older man still jamming. Now I’m a David Byrne fan.
I was not expecting to enjoy this movie as much as I did but Clouds is undoubtedly, next to The Mandalorian and The Clone Wars, the best original piece of content that has come to Disney+ this year. This movie made me cry SOOOO HARD! It was a really headache-induced morning.
4. Da 5 Bloods
Da 5 Bloods is a powerful film that has unfortunately not received the praise that it should. This movie surprised me in more ways than one and could very likely end up rewarding the film’s lead, Delroy Lindo, an Oscar nomination/win. No, Da 5 Bloods isn’t the best Spike Lee movie I’ve ever seen but it’s undoubtedly one of the best.
Christopher Nolan’s latest endeavor is a mind numbing, mind boggling, ridiculous attempt at trying to be the greatest action movie of all time, resulting in what was instead an inspired fail. Tenet is still one of the most visceral and unforgettable films I have ever laid eyes on but its greatness is just a bit too much. But still, give it a look if you have the chance. It’s worth it.
I never thought I would get the chance to see Hamilton. Disney+ made a dream of mine come true and thankfully, Hamilton lived up to the hype. It was everything I had hoped for and more. The music was scintillating, the performances inspiring, and the story was perfectly told, delivering enough humor, suspense, and drama to refrain from being a bit of a bore. Plus, to see a Broadway musical with a cast so diverse literally brought me to tears.
Hamilton is amazing and if you still haven’t seen it yet I implore you to give it a look. It really is something.
And 1. Soul
I was not expecting Soul to be as good as it was but boy was this film absolutely spectacular. With a story that’ll you have reevaluating your own life and meaning in this world, Soul is a fantastically animated, incredibly moving story that left me not only crying in the end but utterly touched. It’s, in my opinion, the best movie of the year.
So there’s my moving ranking of 2020. What will 2021 bring? Hopefully a better year than this.
What have been your favorite movies of 2020? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great New Year’s Eve.
TENET is a strange masterpiece that takes a lot of brain power and concentration to understand but the one thing that blares into one’s senses and announces itself from the very get-go is the music.
Sticking to Hans Zimmer’s distinct and broody musical theme, Ludwig Göransson brought a flavor to this film that felt unlike anything I’ve heard before. Filled with synthesized beats that vibrated your senses in IMAX and a vague Western-sounding theme for The Protagonist, this movie never lets up. Just listen to this piece here for the very beginning of the film and you’ll understand why this score deserves an Oscar nomination.
It sticks into the soul, becoming as much a piece of the movie as the characters and plot. And like the film, it never lets up. It doesn’t apologize for its occasional assault on your neurons or its constant presence. It is a powerful piece of music that feels so perfect with this film and yeah, I love it!
I’ve already saved a few pieces on my Spotify because I love it that much.
If you’ve seen TENET do you think it should be nominated for an Oscar? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.
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.
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.