Updated: Nov 19, 2020
I recently watched Tenet in a theater on October 7th, 2020, Wednesday, and I had a blast watching it, only because Christopher Nolan not only one of my favorite directors of all times, he is my idol. I became his biggest fan after I watched the amazing Dark Knight Trilogy when I was only 12 years old and it was an experience which I never forgot and I continue to cherish.
Christopher Nolan is one of the few directors who can take an extremely complex concept like magic (Prestige), consciousness in dreams (Inception), and time travel, using Einstein’s theory of relativity (Interstellar) and make it entertaining for audiences to watch while adding a substantial amount of depth to not only the plot but also to the characters.
Tenet is one of the best films I have seen this year and as a die-hard Nolan fan, I can’t wait to see what he does next.
When I was watching Tenet, I was sucked into this world involving time travel and the characters that make decisions, which not only have consequences but can also cause the future to change. The cast is pretty solid with John David Washington leading the movie with Robert Pattinson, Kenneth Branagh, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor Johnson, and Elizabeth Debicki as the supporting cast.
The film is edited extremely well and moves at a fast pace, barely giving the audience any time to breathe. It shows you a world where characters, who exist only to spew out information, and while that can be a good thing to understand, it could succumb to spoon-feeding the audience at times but for me, I had no problem with it because that to me is Nolan’s strength and what he excels at.
John David Washington, although a bit dry and dull in the lead role, can keep the audiences entertained and on the edge of their seats, and strangely, his character has no name and is simply called the Protagonist.
The plot involves around time inversion in which one character moves in the present while others in the past and if one character changes the future, they would change the past. It’s a type of movie which audiences are going to either love or hate, and for me, I fall in the "love category", and before anyone labels me as blindingly loving this film besides being oblivious to its “flaws”, I acknowledge 100 percent that even at certain times, I was confused and had no idea what was going on, albeit rarely, since I understood Memento and Interstellar very easily and that rare complexity even beyond my understanding, in this movie, was shocking to me.
Another reason why I loved it is because recently the film industry has been churning out films which the audiences watch and says “been there, done that”, but Tenet tries to give us something new and fresh; something which we haven’t seen before and that depends on who the audience members are and what types of films they like. If people love films like Memento, Interstellar, Inception, and Prestige, they can love Tenet too, but if they aren’t familiar with these kinds of films, they for sure wouldn’t be able to enjoy this film. That’s fine because everyone has their own opinion on what they like or don’t, and we shouldn’t get angry or upset when people don’t like something we like or something we hate because that’s just the way we are and will be in life.
Pattinson was amazing in the supporting role of Washington’s friend and ally and he is always fun to watch. Elizabeth Debicki’s character has the most emotional story and she was someone whom the audiences instantly get behind with and sympathize with due to her circumstances involving her son, Kenneth Branagh, who was a ruthless person controlling the government with a small group of people.
He was evil to the core and gave a knockout performance as the titular antagonist. Dimple Kapadia was amazing in her first English film as she commanded the screen with her presence. Aaron Taylor Johnson appeared in the third act of the film. He was one of the most charismatic actors around and enjoyable to watch on screen.
The fight scenes were good although the camera was a bit too uptight and sometimes it was hard to understand what was happening. It may be the only flaw in Nolan films where his fight scenes can be edited either too fast or too slow with no sense of equilibrium. The soundtracks were amazing and many have complained that it overpowered the dialogue, I understand but for me, there were only two scenes where I couldn’t hear/understand what people were saying and, yes, that’s strange as hell.
Tenet is one of the best films I have seen this year and as a die-hard Nolan fan, I can’t wait to see what he does next. This is one of the best espionage thrillers out there and I had a blast watching it. It is filled with great characters, thrilling and complex plot, wonderful acting, and a solid soundtrack.
Tenet Final Trailer