ClayW318’s review published on Letterboxd:
The most anticipated 2020 release for just about everyone on the planet, didn’t live up to my expectations. While the movie isn’t bad by any means, I think it was definitely overhyped. The best parts about this movie was absolutely the action scenes and the cinematography. The action was top notch, and gave you many “WOW” moments throughout. While that was really good, I felt the story/characters were lacking. John David Washington was good as the lead character, but there was just never enough information about him given to the audience to make me even care about him. No other character stood out to me really. I don’t really want to compare too much of this movie to Inception, but it’s just hard for me not to. Inception I believe is one of the best movies ever made (11th best for me right now). I feel like everything that Inception does with its story and characters, is exactly what Tenet is missing. I found myself fully invested, and rooting for Leo’s character to succeed his goal in Inception. Tenet’s lack of depth behind the characters literally almost put me to sleep. I found my eyes getting heavy during some scenes, but luckily would be energized once a fight would happen. That’s not what I like in movies. I’m usually one that doesn’t care for the action much and watches for the story (Crap I watched the whole MCU without caring about the fights, just because the stories were so compelling). Tenet didn’t provide that to me. Yeah It’s got awesome action scenes, but for a 2 and a half hour movie you need to have much more than that. Very disappointing.