Tenet

Tenet ★★★★

After now seeing it 4 times; once in dolby, twice in IMAX, and once in 70mm, I can now say I've fully experienced the film.
(Although I think 2 viewings is the perfect amount)

But still, despite all these viewings, I can't help but feel slightly dissatisfied with it.

I think a lot of it comes down to its dialogue driven, expositional nature, although that's kind of a lie because I thought most of those scenes brought out fantastic performances, especially from my tall queen Elizabeth Debicki, which I think is the best she's ever done. (Haven't seen the night manager though)

Also, it would have been extremely difficult to visualize a lot of the concepts Nolan was expressing here, so under the assumption that a budget was available to even make that possible, it probably would have been even more confusing and hard for audiences to understand.

I honestly didn't really mind the dialogue or the structure of the film. I thought the former
added to its charm and complimented the spectacle of it all.

My real diagnosis is that it is lacking the strong emotional connection that Nolan's other film's possess.
Even with films like Inception, which is arguably more expository, and in my opinion, doesn't have the best dialogue, managed to make me feel moved as hell by the climax of Cillian Murphy's fairly one-dimensional storyline... and that was the B story.

Here, other than the moment near the beginning where Katherine explains her situation to the Protagonist (lol) as Goransson's Betrayal plays, I didn't have very much of a connection to the character or story on any complex emotional level.
Also, most of what the chills I felt in that scene came from performance and score alone.

I do understand that the nature of the film's story couldn't really call for much character encounter or digging deep, and multiple viewings made me okay with that, because the concept honestly is brilliant and the way it all unfolds plot wise is pretty well executed.

It just doesn't have the depth beyond concept and spectacle to really make it memorable though, which is ironic for a movie that has the line
"Don't try to understand it. Feel it." in the first 20 minutes.
I found the climactic set piece to be pretty underwhelming too tbh.

Anyhow, I don't really have much analyzing to do here because the movie pretty much explains all of it and I'm not going to do any good with retreads.

I just wanted to say that I had a pretty big epiphany many years ago when I was thinking of Mr. Nobody and theorizing why people walked backwards in that movie... and this film shockingly articulated it better than I ever could.

Reality is a puzzle we all have yet to unlock, and I hope, at the very least, despite the film's shortcomings, that this film opens people's minds to deeper thinking and greater awareness.
I think a lot of people in 2020 need it.

Not that the knowledge of time inversion or all the paradoxical theories this film cinemacizes is applicable, but knowing that reality is often a paradox in itself usually helps with letting go of the illusion of control and opens a door to the weight of it.

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