This is not a review of Tenet per se. Having said that, if you’re even remotely interested in watching the movie, I suggest doing so first before you read any further.
Trying to pick a favourite Christopher Nolan film has always been difficult for me. Well, now it’s become even more challenging following the release of Tenet. The movie bills itself as a sci-fi action spectacle, in which events unfold in a setting that transcends time.
Hold on, you might say, not another time travel movie! Well, it’s a bit more dramatic than that.
Not time travel. Inversion.
In order to do it justice, it’s best to see Tenet in IMAX. The more expensive ticket price is well worth it. The only thing is you DO have to pay attention. This is not your typical superhero movie. And as much as I like superhero movies (favourite one: Doctor Strange, obviously!), I also enjoy movies like these where you have absolutely no idea what on earth is going to happen. All you can do is to try and keep up.
Is it better than Inception though? That’s a tough call. Inception is still my favourite Christopher Nolan movie. I will always have a soft spot for Inception because I see it as a story about a father trying to get home to his children. Forget the layers and layers of dreams, or the mind-bending architectural feats. At its core, Inception is a story about family. As someone who’s had to be away from his own family for extended periods of time, let me say this: it ain’t easy!
The other thing to say is, of course, the experience of going to the cinema itself. Here in Malaysia, things are not too bad. Although there are restrictions in place (for example, my wife and I had to leave an empty seat in between us because of…reasons), overall it’s still an enjoyable experience.
So, bottom line, will I be watching Tenet again?
Wrong question, my friend.
What you should be asking is: how many times will I be watching Tenet again?