Tenet ★★½

Nolan is a massive contradiction. He can’t decide whether he wants to tell the entire story through long expositional dialogue or whether he doesn’t want you to hear the dialogue over the obnoxious loud noises he blurts out to make it feel more “epic”. I know I’m not the first person to joke about how badly mixed the sound in every Nolan film is, but I couldn’t hear a word in the first 10 minutes.

This felt more like a parody of a Nolan film than an actual Nolan film. Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy, The Prestige, even Interstellar have the spectacle at it’s surface and but are more than that, they’re secretly character studies at their core. This is what people stereotype his films as, loud and confusing while seemingly not saying too much at all.

This’ll probably take a couple more watches to actually understand the plot of and I’ll usually admit when it’s my fault and I’m not paying enough attention, but between the expensive that was impossible to hear and the terrible pacing I really don’t think it was. 

There were things I enjoyed, a couple of scenes I loved in terms of action and visuals and Robert Pattinson being one of the best actors alive... there are many things I can point at which made it a fun experience and an enjoyable film, but overall it’s very flawed.

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