Tenet ★★½

Nolan back in Inception-mode: standard genre fare with a metaphysical veneer. The sound design and score are absolutely incredible, and the set-pieces are pretty slick. Still, it's brutally plodding, expository, and senseless - the pubescent angst to Michael Bay's manic adolescence (but we knew that already?).

I dug Interstellar because I felt like it was Nolan leaning hard into his most melodramatic tendencies and somehow making it work through pure force of conviction. I respect the excess. Dunkirk on the other hand was just straight lean, unencumbered by character, dialogue, and run-time - a welcome distillation of bodies and metal, sound and vision. In comparison with these two poles in Nolan's filmography, this feels like a big step backward.

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