Tom!! 🚀’s review published on Letterboxd:
I don’t mind Nolan, I have seen a ton of flack about him the past few weeks and don’t worry this review isn’t about him. I like Inception, Dunkirk, Memento and The Dark Knight trilogy enough, some more than others and look forward to seeing the rest of his work. For me, currently Tenet is the bottom of the barrel.
Worth saying I didn’t have particularly high hopes for Tenet, I thought it would be a good time regardless as I like a lot of Nolan’s work, it nothing spell bounding. But really at the end of the day I think it’s bad. Tenet really is a bit of a mess, with an absolute mess of a script and what feels like an idea that was not fully formed. The main character is only known as The Protagonist which is so incredibly on the nose and tells you all you need to know about how the film handles its characters. It doesn’t really have any, just archetypes and cliches that didn’t appeal to me or make me root for them. I have to say now this isn’t an issue of the actors, John David Washington breathes what he can into his part and Brangh is a genuinely scary villain, but everything surrounding that is just a bit meh.
The sound mixing is horrendous I’ve seen a lot of complaints about it and yeah it’s pretty bad. Nolan has been guilty of this before mind, but never to this level, it’s all far far too much. Zimmer is definitely missed here, where the soundtrack sounds like a poor Zimmer impression. The action sequences aren’t that interesting and neither are the stakes. I felt no tension throughout the film. The idea is relitvley simple but it’s a film that feels like it’s smarter than it actually is. It’s the kind of film I can imagine a teenager writing and thinking it was really cool, calling their lead ‘The Protagonist’. The more I think of Tenet the more of a bad taste I get.
I’m not angry Christopher, Just disappointed.