Christopher Nolan’s new film “Tenet” released this past week and I had the pleasure of viewing it in a theatre, something I have truly missed doing since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. 

Nolan’s films are typically articulate and detail-oriented, while also being known for leaving the audience utterly confused upon a first viewing. “Inception” and “Interstellar,” for example, are two of his most popular films. “Tenet” is no exception to this. 

“Tenet” follows The Protagonist, played by John David Washington, and Neil, played by Robert Pattinson, on a mission against time to prevent the start of World War III.  

There is a lot more that goes into the plot, obviously, but in an effort to avoid spoilers I’ll be avoiding going into any specifics as well. 

Washington and Pattinson make for a great duo in this action-packed movie. Pattinson has made a name for himself in quite a few franchises. Washington, though, may be looking at “Tenet” as one of his bigger breaks. Washington especially stands out in the dry and sarcastic way in which his character talks. His nuances add a bit of humor to the otherwise serious film, and it was greatly appreciated. 

This is not to forget Elizabeth Debicki, who plays Kat. She is a force to be reckoned with in this movie and once again shows me how much of an underrated and underappreciated actor she is. She commands every scene she is in and adds much to the story. 

I do wish that Nolan would sometimes focus on developing his characters a little bit more, though, as he mainly focuses on the spectacle of the film itself. For example, most of the identity of Debicki’s character is centered around her child. I think that if her character had more development and independent thoughts and reasons for her actions outside of her child, she would have more depth and be a more interesting asset to the story.

Something else to appreciate about “Tenet” is its mesmerizing score. I felt like I was transported into the world of the film multiple times simply due to the sound. However, the mixing could’ve been a bit better on that front. Some of the dialogue was overshadowed by said score. Nothing too terrible, but it’s worth noting. 

I personally loved this movie. I feel like there is a lot to be said for the storytelling and the pacing of the action of the film. Everything works well.  

One thing I did miss were the subtitles that I have become so accustomed to with watching movies at home for the past several months. Also, the ability to rewind if you didn’t catch what a character said doesn’t exist at the theatre. 

Still, Nolan’s latest mind-boggling film is great and should be enjoyed in a theatre setting. Check it out whenever you feel safe and have the means to do so.

The views expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of The Torch. 

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