Christopher Nolan’s newest film, Tenet, has received both shallow praise and hurried criticism. My article here may be a bit hurried as well, in that I hope to revisit the film again after it gets its home release and I have had even more time to sit with it. My point in the article here is not that the viewer must like Nolan’s latest film but rather that Nolan has proven himself a great pop artist and should be taken seriously with his newest endeavor. We ought to consider that perhaps he is saying something worth considering. It should always be this way with such artists. I hope more viewers will take the time to take Nolan and Tenet as seriously as they deserve. Also, go check out Tyler Hummel’s new site, Cultural Revue, to which I am grateful for having published this piece!
To my culture critic friend Tyler Hummel, I offer a sincere apology. I am sorry that I am so late in writing a review of Tenet for your website Cultural Revue. Event after event, all in sinister succession, worked against me: The lingering effects of a pandemic, two hurricanes, three unnaturally long work weeks, sickness, health, poverty, wealth. . . Even so, I endured, and yet I could not get you this review in time for the launch of your promising new website. For that, I am sorry, and I am lame to offer these excuses. Forgive me.
(Editor’s Note: He’s forgiven)
However, I must admit that I am glad for the time that transpired between my watching Tenet and finally writing about it. Tenet is pop art and entertainment—there is no doubt about it—but it is still a movie that requires considerable contemplation. The viewer’s conclusion may end…
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