Karl’s review published on Letterboxd:
I’m not sure how to rate this. I can see both the positives and negatives that have been pointed out in many reviews. The fact that I’m eager to see Tenet again makes me lean toward positive. Perhaps after seeing it again I’ll be able to decide if it’s a 3.5 or a 4.5 or at the same current rating of 4.
On a technical level I was wowed. There were jaw dropping moments throughout which made me grateful to be wearing a mask. Overall I think I followed the plot but I think knowing what I know now will make a second viewing more pleasurable.
The main problem is I didn’t care too much for the story. I really liked John David Washington but wish they gave him more of a backstory but I guess that’d defeat the purpose of his character as he’s only know by “the protagonist”. I was also a bit confused about how characters got from one place to another and who was who.
All in all though Tenet is a blast and I’m always grateful for an original film with blockbuster filmmaking.
A bit about my theater experience. I hadn’t been to one since I saw The Hunt in March. I felt a sense of relief as I entered the theater. Even though it was one I’d never been to. I felt like I was returning home after being away a long time. As for seeing a film under COVID-19 it was a bit irritating. There were two guys sitting a couple seats from me and they ate for almost the entire film (until they got up and left 5 minutes before credits started to roll. I hate that!) They also kept getting up to get soda refills. They reminded me of those people in Wall-E, just eating and passively watching TV/movies (Nolan films aren’t to be watched passively). With all the shoving things in their mouth they didn’t have masks on. On the other end of the spectrum was a guy wearing a face shield and policing those around him not wearing masks. For the most part I was able to immerse myself in Tenet despierte these distractions. I wore the mask the entire time which wasn’t the most comfortable but it’s what needs to be done. I actually drove to another state to see Tenet. It was worth it. I’m not sure I could say the same had I gone to The New Mutants.