Tenet, like most of Nolan’s filmography, hangs an intellectual concept over the audience’s head in a vague attempt at creating something seemingly profound. But as I’ve come to expect from Nolan, none of these themes are handled with delicacy or nuance. In fact, a quick glance behind the stylistic gimmicks, backdrop of philosophical subtext and mere spectacle reveals a movie that is hollow and void of substance.
Tenet is not complex, it’s convoluted — mistaking confusion for aesthetic ambiguity. Its…
A common criticism of Kaufman is that his work is far too self-indulgent, and while I can't necessarily disagree with that, I would argue that this narrative approach works, in particular, because his characters themselves are so deeply entrenched in their own self-loathing.
In this respect, I've always seen Kaufman's work as somewhat of a cautionary reminder to get one's head out of their own ass before they shit their own brains out. I wouldn't say that there's something uniquely…