All this time we’ve been waiting to see if TENET would hold to its promise to be the movie that led audiences back to movie theaters. Though technically UNHINGED and THE NEW MUTANTS beat it out the gate, there was no way I wasn’t going to go see it in the theater, not after the way Christopher Nolan, one of our greatest living filmmakers, had championed the movie-going experience, insisting on a theatrical rollout for his movie this year. But was TENET actually worth the wait? It sure was. While not Nolan’s greatest film, it is nevertheless a spectacle that should be seen on the big screen. A film that will require more than one viewing to truly digest, it is, as my lovely better half said after our viewing it, a movie that is almost “too smart for its own good.” It is heady stuff, high-concept Sci-Fi, all plot, plot, and more plot. This doesn’t leave a lot of room for much in the way of characterization, excepting for the female lead and maybe the villain (excellent work by Kenneth Branagh), but I was willing to follow along without knowing too much about the protagonist and his partner.
Speaking of that partner, Robert Pattinson played my favorite character in the film, and once more proved that Batman is in good hands. I saw glimpses of his Bruce Wayne throughout TENET. He has left that pimply sparkly stalker of underage girls character so far behind him, it’s becoming harder for me to even remember that he once starred in *those* movies. Which is, I would imagine, exactly how he wants it. I can say it now without hesitation: I am a Robert Pattinson fan. I’m a TENET fan, too. And I’m for sure a fan of Christopher Nolan. If you feel you can do so safely, as I did, go see TENET. It exemplifies all the reasons movie theaters exist in the first place.