After numerous delays, Christopher Nolan's Tenet is just days away from release and now the first reviews are in.
The film features an all-star cast, led by BlackKklansman's John David Washington and including Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Denzil Smith.
Nolan has kept the plot of Tenet pretty much under wraps, but we do know it's set in the world of international espionage and that it largely focuses on Washington's character, the Protagonist, who is told that his mission is to stop World War III.
But can the film compete with Nolan's last outing Dunkirk, which garnered eight Oscar nominations, including his first for Best Director?
Well, early reviews certainly offer substantial praise for the film – and it's managed to score fresh on Rotten Tomatoes – however many critics point out it contains many of the complexities that make Nolan's work sometimes hard to digest on the first viewing.
Here's what the critics had to say;
"As impressive as the craftsmanship and originality of Tenet is, other aspects of the movie prove to be frustrating. 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."
"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."
"The most important film of the year is a heavy weight to carry, and Tenet for the most part pulls it off. This may not be a perfect film but it could just be perfect cinema."
"No doubt avid students of the Nolan formula will get months of entertainment out of repeated viewings, but for me it was oddly tantalizing – full of good things but ultimately frustrating."
"Tenet meets all expectations, except the expectation that it will exceed them."
"In the end, Tenet isn't one of Nolan's most satisfying films. But after I've seen it four or five more times, maybe I'll change my mind."
"By the time it's done, you might not know what the hell's gone on, but it is exciting nevertheless. It is ferociously entertaining."
“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. Right now, as it belatedly crashes a dormant global release calendar, it seems something of a time inversion in itself."
Tenet will arrive in UK and international cinemas on August 26, followed by select US cities on September 2.
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