Tenet ★★★½

Was seated next to some jamoke who called all the twists to his wife 3 seconds before they were explained in the movie and patted himself on the back every time. He went to piss twice. Tripped on the stairs once. Sat on the edge of his seat like he was at a basketball game the entire time. It will not surprise you to learn that this particular brand of moron also never wore his mask and coughed frequently throughout the movie. The more things change the more they stay the same. 

That said, very fun espionage flick, beautifully made, wonderfully scored, terrific performances from Washington, Pattinson, and Debicki, abysmal sound mixing. I caught maybe 50% of what was said. With a movie this complicated, you shouldn’t have to strain to hear exposition that is critical to understanding the story. It would be less frustrating if it weren’t apparently an intentional choice by Nolan.

At a time when it’s a big enough risk to see a movie in theaters at all, and after the kerfuffle that Nolan caused over insisting that people see his movie in theaters, how considerate of of him to make a movie that requires repeat viewings to understand. 

Complaints aside, I liked it enough walking out of the movie and I know I’ll enjoy it more once I see it again (from the comfort of my living room, subtitles on). Probably not worth seeing it in theaters right now, but if you must, try to find an empty or nearly-empty screening. I’d give it four stars if it weren’t for the sound mixing but once I watch it with subtitles on I know it’ll get there.

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