willforthrill’s review published on Letterboxd:
It's funny, all along I insisted that I wanted to see Tenet in theaters, no matter how long it took. 10 times out of 10 that's how a blockbuster action flick is meant to be watched. But in reality, I probably would've enjoyed Tenet a lot better at home with the subtitles turned on. But subtitles only would've helped so much.
Take Inception but without the scenes where they explain the rules of the dream world to Ellen Page and you have Tenet. Christopher Nolan just throws you straight into the deep end with occasional crumbs but it's never close to enough information. The action is good but it doesn't really matter when you never have a clue what's happening or why it's happening. The movie opens with the scene that ran as the IMAX preview and I have no better understanding of it now than I did then.
Maybe I'm just dumb as dogshit but you shouldn't need to be a film genius to understand the basic premise of a major studio action flick. In one word: Incomprehensible.