I felt like Dunkirk was the same way but the nature of that film lends itself very well to Nolan's cold, detached style. I don’t think that was just your cinema. Tenet, which has been pushed several times by … It’s a challenging, ambitious and genuinely original film packed with compelling performances – Washington and Debicki are especially excellent – which confirms Nolan as the master of the cerebral blockbuster. Linkedin. Any of these review praise the soundtrack? The upside to not going to such a screening is that I’m not bound by any embargo; I’m free to scour stray Reddit posts in order to piece together a semblance of Tenet’s plot and climax. Reddit LinkedIn ... Talk “Tenet” Warner Bros. View Gallery 20 Photos. But I think Tenet ends up being too clever (or silly) for its own good. Scenes would be very loud and you could hardly hear any of the dialogue. Cinemas will not necessarily play a film at the recommended level of 7 if they feel it is too loud. "Tenet" is big and ambitious, but Nolan is more caught up in his own machinations than ever before. Tenet is not Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece, but it is another thrilling entry into his canon. Cool movie though but yeah that let it down for me. The "gimmick" in the story is expressed through the conceit of "inverted" objects, objects sent back in time and which - upon arrival - somehow run backwards in contravention to normal entropy. Debicki does as much as she can with what she's given, and Kenneth Branagh most easily rises above the material. Although I did see the poster and ran across a comment recently that speculated it might be a sequel to Inception. Just came out of this film in Australia. Robert Pattinson plays second fiddle without letting himself be put in the shade. Tenet is the cinematic equivalent of a Rubik’s Cube, presented in towering Imax and featuring a polished cast set amidst some of the world’s most gorgeous locations. Thanks to the rewind feature and internet access, the movie is … Press J to jump to the feed. I also want to know how the soundtrack is. Tenet (M, 151 mins) Directed by Christopher Nolan **½ . ), Is it actually a modern phenomenon? Following two recent ambitious movies from the filmmaker, Tenet feels a little conservative, as if Nolan’s style is a franchise rather than a framework. But in a story that, like most Nolan movies, is ostensibly grounded in reality (something that was one of the defining aspects of his Batman movies for instance), it just doesn't come across as plausible. It's still a great movie and a true big-screen experience, but it does stop it reaching the heights of Nolan's best work. But, Price says, “I think he is the only one in the world who believes that.”. Altogether, it makes for a chilly, cerebral film — easy to admire, especially since it's so rich in audacity and originality, but almost impossible to love, lacking as it is in a certain humanity. There are two sequences that suffered most in this last regard. Everyone is fine or better. “Tenet” is no holy grail, but for all its stern, solemn posing, it’s dizzy, expensive, bang-up entertainment of both the old and new school. Seek it out, if only to marvel at the entertainingly inane glory of what we once had and are in danger of never having again. Walked away confused and so did most of my group. No one could possibly mistake “Tenet” as being by anyone but Christopher Nolan. Easily my favorite film from him because I always found his stuff lacking a soul. Loved the concept, construction and execution. At its best this is a ride that manages to be viscerally thrilling while still being emotionally and intellectually engaging, all in ways that are truly, uniquely cinematic. And after five months stuck in front of the small screen, maybe being a little overwhelmed is no bad thing. IM SHOCKED!! This made what is an already confusing movie even harder to follow. Email. As with most problems, every department assumes that another department is to blame. A sentence detailing how cinemas judge which Dolby level to use has also been clarified. Christopher Nolan’s Tenet is a mysterious movie, one I can’t possibly explain, at least not without a dozen more viewings. This article was amended on 4 September 2020. It’s a much-repeated claim that movie dialogue is becoming harder and harder to hear. Time has run out. There were other sequences where we revisit previous scenes from another perspective. That, by the way, isn't a criticism - after all there are very few original ideas left, and those sequences themselves worked pretty well. Still confused? Warner Bros. You know I had to look up exactly what “jump the shark” means? There are timeline twists, back-stabs, and more than a few paradoxes. It's been funny to watch people come to this realization. It’s very fire. In a typical 2020, it would've been just another blockbuster set amongst half a dozen others. The world is more than ready for a fabulous blockbuster, especially one that happens to feature face masks and chat about going back in time to avoid catastrophe. By. We heard all the lines. 'Tenet' Review Thread Rotten Tomatoes : 78% (41 reviews) with 6.98 in average rating Critics Consensus: A visually dazzling puzzle for film lovers to unlock, Tenet serves up all the cerebral spectacle audiences expect from a Christopher Nolan production. Markey says Warren Beatty watched a screening of Bonnie and Clyde when it came out and couldn’t understand why the sound of the bullets was so quiet. Reopened theaters finally have a major new movie to show in Christopher Nolan's 'Tenet,' a sci-fi thriller that looks great while confusing you. All in all, Tenet delivers a mix of outstanding performances and unforgettable inverted sequences in another masterpiece of film making that will leave you on the edge of your seat. There was even an introductory briefing to the big climax (in fact, laying out the plan before seeing it executed is a trope used multiple times in the film) which is supposed to explain everything about the mission, like the fact that there were two teams, one normal and one inverted. Final Trailer Full spoilers via Reddit and Pastebin: ... to see this (including me) in the next few weeks is made to sign an NDA and can fined and/or put in jail for spoiling Tenet . In a 2019 Reddit AMA, sound designer Richard King – who has worked with Nolan on seven films, including Tenet – said: “He wants to grab the audience by the lapels and pull them toward the screen, and not allow the watching of his films to be a passive experience.”, It’s hard to imagine that Nolan is unaware of the criticism. Despite this, it remains more interesting than most other tentpole movies and acts as a beacon for the director’s strengths. Right now, as it belatedly crashes a dormant global release calendar, it seems something of a time inversion in itself. Tenet review: Christopher Nolan's thriller is a palindromic dud. Christopher Nolan directed a technically impressive, emotionally cold movie? Once again seizing control of the medium, Nolan attempts to alter the fabric of reality, or at least blow the roof off the multiplexes. In other words, say what you will about the tenets of Tenet, at least it has an ethos. The result is that as impressive as the craftsmanship and originality of Tenet is, other aspects of the movie prove to be frustrating. The intent of this review is not to encourage or discourage anyone from attending a theatrical screening at this specific time. Last modified on Fri 4 Sep 2020 14.49 BST. TLDR: It's a Christopher Nolan movie. But ultimately, this sequence just failed to cohere for me, and I watched with detached interest at best, and boredom at worst. It's not. Either the emotional throughline or the more conceptual metafictional question could have been better integrated into the story, but both are lost in the storm und drang of Nolan's action sequences and narrative complexity. It shares many traits with Inception and/or other Christopher Nolan films. ‘Listen to Apocalypse Now – you hear everything’. Someone described Nolan films "people who give awkward hugs" and boy is it apt. The sound drove me nuts. Tenet is one of those movies that must've felt like a great idea in the writing process but really didn't come through on screen. These were better handled, but the idea is one we've seen before and so didn't come as a particular surprise (even the movie's title serves as foreshadowing), whether in science fiction short stories (eg Heinlein's "All You Zombies", later adapted as the movie Predestination), comic books (Alan Moore's Chronocops) or other movies (eg Back to the Future). I found it very hard to follow what was going on. Nolan devotees will still get a kick out of Tenet’s cerebral ideas and no doubt forgive its overloaded climax, while the more casual cinemagoer will get plenty of bang for their buck amid its vast visuals (cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema drenches the Nordic location in cool slate greys, while one clifftop shot of the Amalfi Coast is utterly beguiling). For Bochar, the priority is dialogue. Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real-time. The Tenet ending might have you scratching your head. What is going on? He gives the most entertaining performance in Tenet, investing even hoary cliches like "If I can't have you, no one will" with intensity, and is probably the best thing about it. Rotten Tomatoes: 78% (41 reviews) with 6.98 in average rating. Although many viewers claim that films are getting louder, Bochar says that the opposite is the problem: “All of us in the industry will tell you point-blank that generally every single cinema is playing it lower than it should be.” A studio’s reference level tends to be around 85 decibels, or 7 on the Dolby scale, he says. Don’t worry, it’s happened to all of us. In my cinema the sound mixing was off. “The more expensive movies have got, the more of a bombardment they become on your senses.”. Nolan outsmarted himself on this one. “Hngmmhmmh,” says Pattinson. This is probably his worst for sound mixing. Mathew Price is a production sound mixer who has worked on The Sopranos and The Marvellous Mrs Maisel. Elizabeth Debicki's character carries the emotional weight of the story, but it feels detached from the main idea. вЂ�TENET’ Review: Christopher Nolan Finally Jumps The Shark In Arguably His Worst Movie Yet #Tenet. We know how to do it.” This means that Nolan’s use of noisier Imax cameras in Tenet would not explain the problem, as some have suggested. Member. Directed by Christopher Nolan. For me, it was "Inception." Random thoughts: the opening sequence seems inspired by the 2002 Moscow terrorist hostage crisis, and one of the characters' homes, an Indian billionaire, seems clearly modelled on this real-life home of an actual Indian billionaire. These include, in no particular order: playing with the concept of time and narrative chronology, a hallway fight that demonstrates the central "gimmick" of the movie, characters talking about their backstory, interspersed with very brief flashbacks showing us what they're saying (really leaning into the "flash" in flashback), men in tailored suits and slicked back hair, men in masks, making it difficult to understand what they're saying (although it's not as bad in Tenet as Bane in TDKR before they went and adjusted his sound mix), an, at times, overpowering soundscape (music and sound design), a dearth of female characters (I counted four women with speaking lines, three of whom are there for exposition, and only two of whom have any significant screen time), the central emotional throughline (such as it is) expressed primarily by the main female character through her relationship with the main character, elaborate heists, or heist-like action set pieces featuring planes, cars, trucks and automatic weapons - nothing is ever simple in a Nolan movie, an opening sequence that serves as an audition of sorts, the idea of death being an escape out of an alternate reality (not really the major plot point in Tenet that it was in Inception, but it comes into play early on for a bit). Markey says that they could, for example, raise the volume of the dialogue specifically, but they never do – it would mean having to readjust it for every film. It may echo the cleverness of Rian Johnson’s “Looper” and Shane Carruth’s “Primer” in its dizzying disregard for linear chronology, but the plotting is muddled rather than complex, with less to say about the flow of time than “Interstellar” or “Memento.” In the end, “Tenet” isn’t one of Nolan’s most satisfying films. And, like Inception, which based the different characters' roles in the team on key film making roles, there is a metafictional aspect to Tenet. An earlier version incorrectly said the dynamic range of TVs was “more extreme” than in cinemas. Though it’s sometimes hamstrung by clumsy dialogue – a necessary evil, perhaps, given how much Nolan needs to explain – Tenet is rarely less than thrilling to watch. “I think we’re bombarded,” Paul Markey, a projectionist at the Irish Film Institute, says of modern films. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts He's always watchable as a villain no matter how good, bad or mediocre the surrounding movie. r/tenet: The biggest subreddit dedicated to Christopher Nolan's Tenet. But while it does tread new ground, Tenet is the ‘safest’ film from Christopher Nolan in some years. Dimple Kapadia makes an … Or rather do be, and savour it. Working with other editors, his job is to layer a film with multiple levels of sound. Tenet ending spoilers follow.. Marvellous. But I wish he had used it to better tell either an emotional story or a more thematic one. I think it's funny because it seems like some reviewers are just over it. To complicate matters, there is a disparity between the environment in which the director hears the final mix of a film and the one in which it is screened. As the above list might suggest, Tenet felt familiar. Tenet is not an easy movie to understand. Still cant wait to see it however, first movie in the cinema for what seems like ages. This has been corrected. Reddit. There are undoubtedly more recurring motifs, but these are the main ones I noticed. News & Discussion about Major Motion Pictures, Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. Given how hard Nolan’s blockbuster would be to understand even if all the dialogue was crystal-clear, it is curious that the director has made it doubly difficult to hear the story of a screenplay he supposedly spent five years writing. I just got out of an advance screen in Sydney and I agree. Twitter. One was the opening, where I had some problems following the beats (something that was not an issue in other - better - Nolan opening heists, like the ones in The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises or even Inception). “It really isn’t a mystery. The depth, subtlety and wit of Pattinson and Debicki’s performances only becomes fully apparent once you know where Tenet is going, or perhaps that should be where it’s been. Which is advice I eventually took to heart. This review is not meant to encourage people to take risks, but since I am one of the first people in the world to actually be able to see a first run movie I thought it would be good to share my experience. In an era – and a pandemic – in which home streaming dominates, cinema may be forced to pull out the stops once more. It's been almost a month since Tenet was released and all these weeks later, we're probably still no closer at understanding it all.. Tenet review: Christopher Nolan's thriller is a palindromic dud, Rain is sizzling bacon, cars are lions roaring: the art of sound in movies | Jordan Kisner. Beatty realised that projectionists, not directors, have final say on a film. here is a wonderful exchange in Christopher Nolan’s latest film. There is a wonderful exchange in Christopher Nolan’s latest film, Tenet, between Robert Pattinson and John David Washington. Don’t be. Imax expects about 90% of its global network of about 1,400 theaters to be back open by the end of August. Nolan’s films occupy a unique space in pop culture. It is an analysis of the work itself for posterity. And if you can, you need to see this visually stunning movie on a big screen. Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster is already infamous for its barely audible exchanges. The first critic reviews for Tenet range from scathing to glowing, but they all agree it is very much a Christopher Nolan movie, for good and bad. Tenet will get people to the theatre, but it’s a bittersweet taste of cinema for the first time back. WhatsApp. It’s a real shame Tenet isn’t it. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. Sound effects and music tracks exist on faders that can slide up and down. Scott Davis - Aug 21, 2020. No other artform could quite present such a collision of time, place, idea and emotion, and it’s clear that Nolan’s pure intent is to give us the utmost of what this medium can uniquely provide. Twitter. “When they take the sound we record on set and kind of undermix it, it feels like, ‘What did we try so hard for?’” he says. The Irish Film Institute has been playing Tenet at 4, Markey says, because 6 was “ridiculously loud” when tested. (In cinemas the dynamic range – the range between the loudest and quietest sounds – is wider than on home TV screens, and, although the sound is compressed in the transition to TV, the range can still be so wide that you are forced to turn up the volume for dialogue, then down again for action. FlipBoard. Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time. The projectionist was turning the volume down. Maybe it's possible that Christopher Nolan has been put on this earth just to provide an excessively interesting retirement for Michael Caine. I can't recall watching a film like this and throwing my hands up in the air. I've long thought that Branagh is at his best when he's playing bad guys, whether he's hamming it up shamelessly (Wild Wild West) or providing nuance, warmth and appeal to the most horrific of people (Conspiracy). But cinemas will often play the film at 4 (around 75 decibels). So much weight has been placed on Christopher Nolan's newest film Tenet that it almost isn't fair. Which makes it fascinating when a movie like Tenet comes along, because Tenet is a complete misfire. But it’s hard to escape the sense that less might have been more. Previous 'The Devil All The Time' Review. “The first thing I do is create a solid dialogue track, and then everything else has to come up to it and not exceed it,” he says. Half the dialogue was unintelligible. CRISTOPHER NOLAN?? The film’s dialogue has been criticised by reviewers and audience members for often being impossible to make out. Price believes the problem is partly that modern directors have so many more tracks to play with, causing “track overload”, the result being that “the dialogue gets short shrift a lot of the time”. Nolan clearly likes to play with his toys, and is fascinated with the concept of time, whether it be in a non-fantastical genre (Memento, Dunkirk) or science fiction (Inception, Interstellar). Critics Consensus: A visually dazzling puzzle for film lovers to unlock, Tenet serves up all the cerebral spectacle audiences expect from a Christopher Nolan production. The other was the climax, which quite frankly I thought was a mess. ReddIt. Entire sections of dialogue were missed, making the already jumpy plot nearly impossible to follow. Our Tenet spoiler review digs into why the international spy thriller starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson is Christopher Nolan's worst film. This is a film that will cause many to throw up their hands in bamboozlement – and many more, I hope, to clasp theirs in awe and delight. TheAbsolution. Or a car might find itself flipped on a road before it's flipped. As with other movies, the scores are set to change as time passes. That's certainly true of Tenet, and not unusual in a story involving time travel. That was basically my takeaway from the movie. But it isn’t just Nolan’s films. When he watches films or TV shows at home, he turns on the subtitles in case of clarity issues – he is far from the only one – and will limit the TV’s dynamic range.