MOVIE REVIEW: TENET
'Tenet' is Christopher Nolan's most complex and greatest work of his filmography.
By Sal LoCicero | October 24th, 2020
So far, 2020 has proven itself to be the worst year for movies...ever. Many movies have either been delayed or have landed itself to Video on Demand, and the ones that landed on Video on Demand were really mediocre. Theaters have finally opened after seven months, and the only movie to give theaters hope of survival is Christopher Nolan’s Tenet.
Tenet is the latest addition to Christopher Nolan’s filmography. For many years Nolan has proven himself to be the best filmmaker working today. Ever since Memento (2000), he has shown that he is a filmmaker many needed to look out for in the future. Nolan showed even more of what he was capable of in 2008, when his unforgettable groundbreaking blockbuster ‘The Dark Knight’ hit theaters. To this day, it’s a movie no one can get enough of. After The Dark Knight, Nolan proved to a wide range of moviegoers that he was a very significant filmmaker.
While most movies this year have been delayed to next year; like Black Widow, No Time To Die, Top Gun: Maverick, Dune, etc. Warner Bros Pictures and Christopher Nolan have fought for Tenet to keep its original release date. While it didn’t keep its July release date, it was still able to keep a 2020 release; even though many theaters were still (unfortunately) closed.
Even though Tenet is having a really rough box office run, many people must go out and see it as soon as possible.
Tenet is easily the best movie of this year. Writer/director Christopher Nolan took more than five years to craft a movie that is to blow audiences away for 2 hrs and 30 mins. This is truly a cinematic experience that has to be seen multiple times, especially in the cinemas.
This is the movie that will go down in history as one of the most advanced films of all time that people will continue to discuss for years and decades to come. Nolan has possibly defeated his own standout film of his career and has upgraded his own talent (again) with Tenet. One of the best things about Tenet is that it feels like its very own. When you watch films like Inception, Interstellar, The Prestige, and The Dark Knight (which are all phenomenal), you still get a sense that you are watching his movies. with Tenet, it is the opposite. During the majority, you get sucked into this mysterious world and it is so significant that you forget who came up with such an idea.
Is Tenet an understandable movie? For the most part, No, it’s not. The significance of Christopher Nolan is that he is one of the most rare filmmakers who still believe in the power of cinema. He is a person who understands the impact of that experience and doesn’t want to ever see it be defeated on his watch. With this movie, he shows the audience what it's like to have an experience unlike never before. Throughout the entire movie, the characters, the story, the shocking elements, and the mind blowing effects are just part of what makes this movie one of a kind. The fact that most of what goes on in the film doesn’t make sense, shows you what Nolan wants from you, the viewer, which is to visit it again, and again. To be a part of this unexplained journey like you have only a limited time to see it again for yourself. Nolan wants you to have a different yet impactful viewing experience every time you see it. That is what is called true cinema.
Of course, Nolan shot Tenet in IMAX, and of course it looks magnificent. Every shot is amazing as well as the sounds; which are like an orgasm to the ears. John David Washington is perfect as The Protagonist. Robert Pattinson does give another great performance, and shows that he is capable of a lot as an actor. I can’t wait to see what else Pattinson will do next. The writing is very complex. The action sequences are crazy good. Nolan’s use of practical effects have never worked better than they do in this.
Robert Zemeckis has Back To The Future, Steven Spielberg has Jurassic Park, Francis Ford Coppola has The Godfather, Martin Scorsese has GoodFellas, and now, Christopher Nolan has Tenet.
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