Jerm’s review published on Letterboxd:
I WISH I COULD HAVE SAW THIS IN THEATERS!
Review: Another mindbending Sci-fi entry from Christopher Nolan; Tenet is already infamous for being the most confusing (and hardest hearing) film in his filmography.
Mind Inversion. In Tenet, A secret agent (The Protagonist played by John David Washington) embarks on a dangerous, time-bending mission to prevent the start of World War III. He’s joined by a talented cast in Elizabeth Debicki and Robert Pattinson among others.
Hoyte Van Hoytema cinematography is out of this world!
I can definitely understand why the film is divided among critics and some fans as the film does not fully explain the range and limits of its boundaries and ideas and even when it does it moves along so quickly without giving you time to fully become immersed into the experience... BUT if you are lucky and willing enough to catch on and let the film take you on its confusing and mind-bending ride, it actually becomes a thrilling and adventurous film.
I think this is one of Nolans original best works here and there is the case in terms of his writing ,that isn’t exactly the best, but he matches it with his amazing and mind blowing visuals/sets and a compelling cast that is able to really elevate the material presented for them. I won’t go more into detail as to not spoil for others who were unable to see it due to the unfortunate events of this year... But i will say that i enjoyed this movie so much, it was like a breath of fresh air when it came to looking back at the blockbusters that i have watched recently.. From the
conventional story arcs to the amazing use of the plot to give us great set pieces.
Ludwig Göransson does a great job with the soundtrack, providing us with tension and wonder as the film moves forward and backwards through time.
Overall: Tenet is certainly an extremely ambitious project from Christopher Nolan who continues to bring spectacle and wonder to the screen through his originality and ideas. It might not always work in certain parts but when it works it absolutely works and to take that gamble and create something like this... for that you can’t help but to give credit to one of the most creative filmmakers to exist in recent history.
Note: Subtitles are needed! Nolan what were you and your ears doing man!?