Tenet

Tenet ★★★★

I think it checks out. This and Dunkirk are proof that the more Nolan detaches himself from the need to have compelling characters, the better off he is. No one’s very charismatic here, and I think that services the cutthroat nature of “time-bending world-threatening mission” as well as this just being a concept-driven story. It feels like a decision based on efficiency that reveals the kind of problem-solving you develop as a growingly self-aware artist. You construct your work in a way that organically lets you avoid doing stuff you’re not great at. And when you do try your hand at it, you wind up with an overwhelming abundance of “my son”s. More thoughts to come when I inevitably rewatch.

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