Watching ‘Tenet’ at home helps in finding film’s real path
A film full of wild and dizzying special effects tops the list of new DVD and Blu-ray releases.
“Tenet” Grade 3 stars: This Christopher Nolan film was the first to open in theaters after movie complexes were closed due to the pandemic. It was a good decision financially as the movie has taken in more than $350 million.
This is a case where not seeing a film in the theater and waiting for the DVD or Blu-ray release makes far more sense for the viewers. Nolan has created a mind-blowing story that plays with time like a toddler deals with strands of spaghetti. It is a plus to be able to rewind (or fast forwarded depending on which side of the time wall you want to be) to re-examine the complicated tale.
At the center of this story that is structured like a James Bond-like tale on steroids, is a character known only as the Protagonist (John David Washington). His mission is to save the world but the only help he is given is one word—Tenet.
Nolan takes the character through a series of global adventures that fold, unfold, fold again and then are refolded as the Protagonist delves into a world where time is no longer a linear measurement. There are literally times where it is impossible to tell who is coming and who is going as that can be the same person.
Watching the movie at home should make it a little easier to understand the plot and better appreciate the visual banquet. There are no guarantees the tale will ever become crystal clear. The best thing to do is to give yourself time to enjoy the visuals because the story is far too convoluted.
Also new on DVD and Blu-ray as of Dec. 15
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New through digital platforms
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