This article was amended on 4 September 2020. 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. I also want to know how the soundtrack is. Don't be surprised if a conspiracy theory-minded Nolan fan goes on Reddit, claiming to have found the answers to Inception's ending and if life itself is just a dream on watching Tenet in reverse. This is kinda what I imagined it'd be like, really cool and entertaining but ultimately just Nolan on steroids, probably has a really long third act too. Christopher Nolan’s Tenet is a mysterious movie, one I can’t possibly explain, at least not without a dozen more viewings. A sentence detailing how cinemas judge which Dolby level to use has also been clarified. 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. Once again seizing control of the medium, Nolan attempts to alter the fabric of reality, or at least blow the roof off the multiplexes. Entire sections of dialogue were missed, making the already jumpy plot nearly impossible to follow. Cinematography : someone below mentioned that this had a mission impossible feel where the locations dictated the storyline and i agree with this. You literally just have to watch it. Beatty realised that projectionists, not directors, have final say on a film. That, by the way, isn't a criticism - after all there are very few original ideas left, and those sequences themselves worked pretty well. I felt like Dunkirk was the same way but the nature of that film lends itself very well to Nolan's cold, detached style. As sound technology advances, why are films getting harder to hear? I just finished watching it in Dubai and had the exact same issues with the sound and the dialogues. Felt NOTHING at the end. Which is advice I eventually took to heart. The film’s dialogue has been criticised by reviewers and audience members for often being impossible to make out. I'd avoided the trailers (not intentionally, just haven't been to the cinema in the last few months, don't watch TV with ads, and don't generally seek trailers out online), and wasn't even sure what genre it was. 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. What is going on? As with most problems, every department assumes that another department is to blame. So much weight has been placed on Christopher Nolan's newest film Tenet that it almost isn't fair. CRISTOPHER NOLAN?? It's not. In other words, say what you will about the tenets of Tenet, at least it has an ethos. Still cant wait to see it however, first movie in the cinema for what seems like ages. Or a car might find itself flipped on a road before it's flipped. And after five months stuck in front of the small screen, maybe being a little overwhelmed is no bad thing. 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). In Nolan’s case, Price and Bochar are confident that the director does it intentionally. It’s a much-repeated claim that movie dialogue is becoming harder and harder to hear. 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. Directed by Christopher Nolan. 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. by Eric Ital 2 months ago Facebook. I think Nolan is fascinated with the time travel gimmick mainly for its own sake. '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. 0. Also the sound mixing issues and the lack of clear dialogue has to be addressed, i don't know how you can nail great action, soundtrack (which this has) and keep missing this, extremely frustrated and only added more to my confusion. There are two sequences that suffered most in this last regard. Tenet (2020) Nolan’s films occupy a unique space in pop culture. 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. Twitter. 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. But it’s hard to escape the sense that less might have been more. If the film is available in your area please follow local public health guidelines if you chose to see it in the theatre. Elizabeth Debicki's character carries the emotional weight of the story, but it feels detached from the main idea. “I think we’re bombarded,” Paul Markey, a projectionist at the Irish Film Institute, says of modern films. Everyone is fine or better. The intent of this review is not to encourage or discourage anyone from attending a theatrical screening at this specific time. Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster is already infamous for its barely audible exchanges. Imax expects about 90% of its global network of about 1,400 theaters to be back open by the end of August. Mumblecore … Robert Pattinson and John David Washington in Tenet. "Tenet" is big and ambitious, but Nolan is more caught up in his own machinations than ever before. As he adds layers he has to make sure he can still hear the words. It did so partly by becoming bigger and louder. So a bullet might leave a hole in a glass before it's fired. Reddit LinkedIn ... Talk “Tenet” Warner Bros. View Gallery 20 Photos. They're often one of the best parts of Nolan films. Tenet Review: John David Washington carries the weight of the film. In my cinema the sound mixing was off. Don’t be. It's been funny to watch people come to this realization. ‘Listen to Apocalypse Now – you hear everything’. 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). Easily my favorite film from him because I always found his stuff lacking a soul. 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. The Irish Film Institute has been playing Tenet at 4, Markey says, because 6 was “ridiculously loud” when tested. In a world where blockbuster cinema is dominated by franchises and sequels, it serves as an accomplished demonstration of the pleasures of unconnected and non-serialised original storytelling. Tenet is a cerebral experience and I left knowing I loved it but didn't totally understand everything. But after I’ve seen it four or five more times, maybe I’ll change my mind. I found it very hard to follow what was going on. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts But I think it is fair to consider it a companion piece to Inception. 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). I can’t even explain it. I don’t think that was just your cinema. Facebook. An earlier version incorrectly said the dynamic range of TVs was “more extreme” than in cinemas. “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. Time has run out. Debicki does as much as she can with what she's given, and Kenneth Branagh most easily rises above the material. It's a conceit that feels like one you could just maybe get away with in a Golden Age or Silver Age era comic book. Just came out of this film in Australia. But it isn’t just Nolan’s films. 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. In a time when cinema is struggling through arguably its most difficult time in its entire history, Tenet works as a fantastic reminder of what blockbuster filmmaking can aspire to be, and why it’s best experienced in a huge, dark room. Email. 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. Dimple Kapadia makes an … 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. 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). Any of these review praise the soundtrack? Previous 'The Devil All The Time' Review. 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. Big, bold, baffling and bonkers. (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. Warner Bros. You know I had to look up exactly what “jump the shark” means? 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. Thanks to the rewind feature and internet access, the movie is … I just got out of an advance screen in Sydney and I agree. In this case it involves the question of who is the protagonist (rather awkwardly actually put in those terms: "I'm the protagonist of this story" is an actual line in the film). Christopher Nolan directed a technically impressive, emotionally cold movie? That's certainly true of Tenet, and not unusual in a story involving time travel. 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”. Soundtrack/Sound mixing : like i said outside of the issues with dialogue in parts to this movie which did hurt it my god the rest was fantastic, opening scene in particular was pulse racing. 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. News & Discussion about Major Motion Pictures, Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. But cinemas will often play the film at 4 (around 75 decibels). The other was the climax, which quite frankly I thought was a mess. Tenet is not an easy movie to understand. His narrative structures are often complex, even convoluted, to illustrate his films' premise. 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. Yes, after months of impossible impossibilities that … With John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Juhan Ulfsak. The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. 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. Linkedin. Half the dialogue was unintelligible. The sound drove me nuts. 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. The sheer meticulousness of Nolan’s grand-canvas action aesthetic is enthralling, as if to compensate for the stray loose threads and teasing paradoxes of his screenplay — or perhaps simply to underline that they don’t matter all that much. Scenes would be very loud and you could hardly hear any of the dialogue. Read more. In an era – and a pandemic – in which home streaming dominates, cinema may be forced to pull out the stops once more. For me, it was "Inception." Member. I think it's funny because it seems like some reviewers are just over it. But I wish he had used it to better tell either an emotional story or a more thematic one. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. Loved the concept, construction and execution. 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. In a typical 2020, it would've been just another blockbuster set amongst half a dozen others. Working with other editors, his job is to layer a film with multiple levels of sound. Our Tenet spoiler review digs into why the international spy thriller starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson is Christopher Nolan's worst film. It’s a real shame Tenet isn’t it. Mathew Price is a production sound mixer who has worked on The Sopranos and The Marvellous Mrs Maisel. It is an analysis of the work itself for posterity. ReddIt. 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. It’s very fire. There's not a lot to say about the acting. Tenet review: Christopher Nolan's thriller is a palindromic dud. The projectionist was turning the volume down. No one could possibly mistake “Tenet” as being by anyone but Christopher Nolan. “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. By. Last modified on Fri 4 Sep 2020 14.49 BST. But I think Tenet ends up being too clever (or silly) for its own good. Twitter. Tenet will get people to the theatre, but it’s a bittersweet taste of cinema for the first time back. I found the time bending made sense in Inception but in this movie it didn't. Or rather do be, and savour it. Italy looked gorgeous and a place i wanted to return to due to this. And, like Inception, which based the different characters' roles in the team on key film making roles, there is a metafictional aspect to Tenet. Cool movie though but yeah that let it down for me. 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. Sound engineer Ron Bochar, who was nominated for an Oscar for his mixing on Moneyball, thinks so. Tenet review: Christopher Nolan's thriller is a palindromic dud. 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. Tenet Review. Tenet, which has been pushed several times by … The result is that as impressive as the craftsmanship and originality of Tenet is, other aspects of the movie prove to be frustrating. Despite this, it remains more interesting than most other tentpole movies and acts as a beacon for the director’s strengths. I can't recall watching a film like this and throwing my hands up in the air. Someone described Nolan films "people who give awkward hugs" and boy is it apt. There are undoubtedly more recurring motifs, but these are the main ones I noticed. 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. 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 . Tenet is not Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece, but it is another thrilling entry into his canon. Just hundreds of men running, yelling, shooting at things (not exactly what) and blowing things up (or whatever the opposite is of blowing things up in time-reversed action), while there was a "B" line following two characters, and a "C" line following two more. WhatsApp. 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. Which makes it fascinating when a movie like Tenet comes along, because Tenet is a complete misfire. Tenet ending spoilers follow.. Still confused? “The more expensive movies have got, the more of a bombardment they become on your senses.”. Tenet (M, 151 mins) Directed by Christopher Nolan **½ . Don’t worry, it’s happened to all of us. But while it does tread new ground, Tenet is the ‘safest’ film from Christopher Nolan in some years. This made what is an already confusing movie even harder to follow. “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. 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. Rotten Tomatoes: 78% (41 reviews) with 6.98 in average rating. Although I did see the poster and ran across a comment recently that speculated it might be a sequel to Inception. Like the films are made by scientists. As the above list might suggest, Tenet felt familiar. 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. TheAbsolution. 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.. Robert Pattinson plays second fiddle without letting himself be put in the shade. 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. Reddit. For Bochar, the priority is dialogue. 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. r/tenet: The biggest subreddit dedicated to Christopher Nolan's Tenet. FlipBoard. Sound effects and music tracks exist on faders that can slide up and down. Press J to jump to the feed. вЂ�TENET’ Review: Christopher Nolan Finally Jumps The Shark In Arguably His Worst Movie Yet #Tenet. ), Is it actually a modern phenomenon? And there are many action sequences, most of them heists of some sort, all delivered in typical Nolan style: technically assured, eschewing visual effects in favour of practical effects when possible (there's one involving a Boeing 747 and I'm willing to bet that Nolan used a real plane instead of CGI), but also sometimes confusing. 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. The Tenet ending might have you scratching your head.