Don't spill the popcorn.
I’ve been pontificating for years that Nolan, while exceptional at capturing scale and grandeur, is not at all a competent storyteller (of course Begins and TKD are somewhat exceptional).Tenet is the latest piece of supporting evidence - and it embodies his absolute best tendencies and his absolute worst at a superlative degree.
The spectacle on display here is overwhelmingly, awesomely mind-bending - some of the most impressive visuals in Nolan’s filmography; it also serves no fucking purpose. Because the storytelling…
I’ve been around this movie as long as anyone, including Sev & Aneesh. I was there when the idea for the film was spawned, I was there during the creative debates, I was there during the conversation that decided this would be their second feature - hell, I was there when Aneesh wrote the first page of the screenplay.
Leading into production, after countless creative conversations, ideations, and in-depth feedback on early drafts, my feeling was that this movie would be…