Tenet (spoilers)

So I finally decided to hit up the theater and go see Tenet, and I must say I haven't felt that confused/thrilled in a long time. The convolution of this movie makes inception look like child's play, and has time travel aspects on the level of Primer. Has anyone else seen this? What did you think? 

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  • HunkuleseHunkulese Québec, Canada
    I think it's by far his worst movie if you don't count Dunkirk. It's convoluted just to be convoluted and is missing the heart that helped Interstellar and Inception so much. It suffers from the usual Nolan problem that it's so intentionally confusing that three-quarters of the movie has to be devoted to the supporting cast explaining what's happening, except this time everyone has a thick accent and half the time their mouths are covered in some way.
     
    I also saw it in IMAX, so it was way too loud. I'll give it another shot when I can watch it at home with subtitles, but I doubt my opinion will change much.
    FreddyBroRad33
  • I saw this about a month ago (back when Europe was still ok), and thought that the movie was definitely too confusing, to the point where the third act was nothing more than impressive visuals. I think the sound design which just made hearing impossible added a lot to how difficult it was to understand (my friend who had German subtitles to help clearly understood much more than I did). It's highly ambitious and I love some of the action scenes in it, but I didn't need to watch the movie again (both because of how utterly confusing it is, and because of covid) when I could (and did) watch a YouTube breakdown of it.

    Anyway, I hear the blu-ray comes out in December. I'm going to be interested in what Jim and A.Ron say about it.
  • Hunkulese said:

     
    I also saw it in IMAX, so it was way too loud. I'll give it another shot when I can watch it at home with subtitles, but I doubt my opinion will change much.
    I haven't seen this movie, but this complaint resonates with me so hard. When the hell did directors decide that action should be at 10,000,000 dbs while dialogue should be at 5? I have a decent soundbar with a sub and receiver and have to constantly have the remote next to me to turn up dialogue scenes and turn down action sequences. So annoying.

    Also, yes, I realize this is super old man yells at cloud. 
  • I’ve never had so much fun watching a movie where I had no fucking clue what was happening. I even went home to read about it for a couple of hours and still felt like I wasn’t fully understanding it. But the first time the Protagonist went through that machine I was so amped up
  • Hunkulese said:
    I think it's by far his worst movie if you don't count Dunkirk. It's convoluted just to be convoluted and is missing the heart that helped Interstellar and Inception so much. It suffers from the usual Nolan problem that it's so intentionally confusing that three-quarters of the movie has to be devoted to the supporting cast explaining what's happening, except this time everyone has a thick accent and half the time their mouths are covered in some way.
     
    I also saw it in IMAX, so it was way too loud. I'll give it another shot when I can watch it at home with subtitles, but I doubt my opinion will change much.
    I hear you on just about every point, but still, I fucking loved this movie lol
    EMAW42
  • FreddyFreddy Denton, Texas
    edited October 2020
    Tenet is a prime example of a movie that I don't like, but I'm still glad it exists. You need guys like Nolan out there doing weird shit with a big budget. It keeps the artform moving forward.
    BroRad33
  • I saw it this weekend and I loved it. Its very interesting to see a lot of people having a different experience. I'm surprised to hear people found it confusing after watching the whole thing. I certainly felt confused during the movie but I believe that to be intentional to put us in the same frame of mind as the protagonist. Maybe I'm not as smart as I would like to think and missed a whole lot that I think I understand.

  • PreservedKillickPreservedKillick Tucson, AZ
    edited December 2020
    When can we start to hear more discussions about this movie?  It's available to stream now.
    I saw it over the summer and thought it was awesome.  The 747 crash was easily worth the price of the ticket.  You could tell Nolan thought so too, since he shows it 3 times throughout the film.  Pretty cool that the concept of the movie made that possible in a way that (sort of) made sense.
    Giovanni
  • I was searching all the podcasts did baldmove not discuss tenet yet?
  • I enjoyed it as a big budget, high concept B-movie.  I watched it with subtitles on so that may have helped understanding. 

    It's a shame it is (IMO) being marketed as some amazing Work of Art instead of the ultimate "spies with gadgets" movie with 100 million spent on trippy special effects.

    Lola_luvv
  • I saw it twice, and loved it every time!
  • I just saw this movie for the first time and I have never been as confused by a book/tv show/movie as i was with this. I couldn't even tell you the first 2-3 plot points in the movie if I wanted to let alone track the time-travel stuff. And still, it was completely awesome. Can't wait to see it again
    lengmo
  • This movie is a hot mess. I saw it in theaters and missed about a third of the dialogue because for some reason  important exposition was delivered by actors wearing gas-masks or over radio on some rich person SailGP f50 (Nolan might be a little out of touch XD ).

    This movie is the equivalent of Primer. Except Primer was made on a shoe-string budget and Tenet took hundreds of millions of dollars, all to get the same result.

    Later, I watched it at home with subs and it was a better, albeit still confusing, experience. I worry that Nolan may have inverted up his own ass a little too much with this one.

    P.S. the "protagonist was actually fighting himself" reveal was cool.
    ray_x03Giovanni
  • Any plans to cover this on the podcast? I think Jim and A-Ron might need an adoral to catch all the details, but would love to hear their thoughts.
    Giovanni
  • I just watched it this weekend - to me it was almost like Christopher Nolan was satirizing Christopher Nolan. It looked great, lots of exposition, convoluted brainteaser of a plot, wife-character in distress/danger, exciting soundtrack, Michael Caine, innovative action sets, ...   But little to no heart and once you "solve" the puzzle it is kind of like - "oh okay.  cool. But really why?"   Also,  as innovative and well-done as the action sets were, there were too many and they lasted too long, especially the finale.  Nolan is one of my favorite directors so I don't think Tenet is a fail, just not the best he has done.   I don't think I will rewatch this one like I do with some of his others.  
  • My favs of his so far are Memento and the prestige. This is somewhere in the middle tier for me, like inception
    Giovanni
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