Tenet ★★★★

I enjoyed the hell out of this movie. Having it be my first one back in theaters after all this time was an amazing experience. With that said it’s one of Nolan’s more flawed films in my opinion. It often feels like they should be giving you a little more explanation about what’s going on and that’s not helped by the fact that it’s very hard to understand what characters are saying at times. Nolan is known for his exposition filled dialogue and whether you love it or hate it it usually does the job. In Tenet however, you sometimes can’t hear the exposition dialogue. That’s a problem in a Nolan movie, especially one as complicated as this one. It doesn’t happen enough to be a fatal flaw but it’s definitely an annoyance. My other main issue is the pacing. As interested as I was, that first half does feel like it drags a bit and that really makes you feel those 2 and a half hours in the back half. The good news is that the positive far outweighs the negative. The performances are all great. John David Washington and Robert Pattinson specifically knock it out of the park. And despite my complaint about the story being too withholding at times, when it all clicks at the end it’s an awesome feeling. As expected the visuals are superb. It’s absolutely nuts that almost everything was filmed in camera. Plus the action, specifically in the second half, is insane. I’ve genuinely never seen anything like it. It’s hard to say much more than that without getting into spoiler territory but this is such a fun, original, wild ride of a movie and there is so much more to be talked about. I’m still processing it all. It’s definitely worthy of being what opens theaters back up.

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