Christopher Nolan’s Tenet was an experiment in more ways than one had anticipated. Firstly, it had a unique structure, and the way the narrative moved visually was not only stunning but also new-age. And secondly, the way this movie went straight into the theatres in the middle of a pandemic – at a time when theatres were all shut when the world half-expected a Tenet VOD release.
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It is being reported that the movie lost more than $100 million as it literally bombed at the box office. People had called Nolan with different names when he had made such a risky decision. When Warner Bros and other known production houses had rescheduled the release of several high budgeted movies, Nolan continued his pursuit and fell flat on his face.
But is it all because Tenet is a terrible movie or because it was released at a terrible time? We’ve got your answers – and it’s the latter!
Due to the pandemic, majority of us will be watching the movie on our small screens while sitting comfortably at home. And since the movie is all set to release online, it’s important that we manage expectations. Well, first of all, this movie was made for the cinema so it’s an unfortunate reality that our experience will be impacted.
For instance, you might feel that it’s too complicated and confounding to begin with. You may also not be able to enjoy the sound system and backdrop to the fullest because you just never get that popcorn experience at from your TV at home – it’s always a replica and never the original.
In fact, why don’t you tell us: Do you like microwave popcorn or the sweet and hot flavor of caramel popcorn that you eat at a darkened cinema hall with sounds blazing? Yeah, we figured.
Look, we have to give it to Nolan here. Him and the studios he collaborated with had the gumption to spend $400 million on something that is so spectacularly refreshing and bold at the same time.
You know it’s a Nolan movie when there’s no synopsis as such, just a tagline saying “TIME HAS NO MEANING”. But again, we get an advice from the man himself somewhere in the movie via a dialogue that says “Don’t try to understand it. Feel it.” So we suggest you all do exactly that.
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But here’s the thing, you can’t help but think about the plot and everything that happened in the movie once it’s over. It’s another ballgame when you’re in the process and watching the movie because, at that point of time, you’re simply engrossed and consumed by the happenings on the screen.
Anyway, we’re going to try and explain the story in a fairly uncomplicated manner with no guarantee of spoilers:
So, we have our protagonist (John David Washington) with a James Bond vibe, except he’s got no interest in girls. You will see him punching and shooting a lot of times in the movie and for a noble cause. But here’s the thing – he gets captured. While he’s unconscious and confused, a lot happens. After some time he meets a scientist who explains to him that he can be sent back in time to now, and that too from the future. And then a hunch of action sequences occur that need no explanation – but hey, like we said earlier, feel them.
Oh hey, unlike other action movies where everything’s happening just for the sake of it and there’s no actual purpose or motive behind, Tenet is different. Hence, you’ve got to be patient and watch the film to find out what actually happens!
We will say one thing to you: Tenet will remind you of Inception but it’s even more complex than that. So you can imagine the level of complexity you’re dealing with when you finally get your hands on the VOD release.
It’s interesting to see that Nolan continues to explore grand ideas about time and pushes the envelope further with his exploratory and distorted lens. You’ll find several themes of his past ventures in Tenet. You’ll get a minor glimpse of Dunkirk, Interstellar, The Prestige, and Memento, but also a much grounded and philosophical touch of movies like Boyhood and Dazed and Confused.
I’m sure that not everyone has a palate for Tenet. Sure, some people might have a cynical take on this movie. They could claim that it’s a 2.5 hour of overcomplicated execution and tangled concepts. What do you see on the surface level? Bullets, cars, and humans flying through with time reeling backwards and forward like the wheels of a vehicle. But look, all of it is done with complete conviction, which compels us to buy all of it.
Tenet is, without a shadow of doubt, an entertaining watch. You won’t be able to control yourself from admiring the occasional pauses and high-impact action sequences.
The characters may seem less engaging at first but the magic lies in the direction and the fusion of all things spectacular. In the past, Nolan has found ways to connect with the audience and speak to the average viewer on his level.
Like, in Interstellar, we had Anne Hathaway’s teary speech. Dunkirk, in fact, was considerably balanced and driven emotionally. But with Tenet, Nolan has come out all guns blazing. It feels as though he made this movie just for himself.
He’s got a method to his madness and that has struck a chord with the audiences, and honestly, that’s all that a director really wants.
Final question: Where can you watch it? It’s available on Amazon for $19.99! We urge you to stream it now.
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