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I May Destroy You
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This cast! The scale! That air drop scene! What a movie!
Kudos to Attenborough for delivering so much epicness without squeezing in a forced happy ending. A true depiction of the good guys not always being the best at planning.
Before I get into the movie itself, I need to gush a little bit about my experience seeing it. After a grueling 8 months without a trip to the movie theater (something I generally do on a weekly basis in non-pandemic times) I finally got the opportunity to return thanks to the private viewing party rentals that are now possible if you're willing to drive an hour outside of LA proper.
And even though I still miss the shared experience of being in a theater full of strangers all reacting to the same film together, being back in a darkened theater with actual trailers, concessions, and 5 of my Covid-free friends was a delight that I won't soon forget. Seeing movies like this at home just isn't the same and I'll always hold a soft spot for 'Tenet' for being the movie that got me out of home viewing for the first time since 2020 turned into the hot mess that it is.
As for the movie itself...it's...cool? I'm normally a big fan of whatever Nolan does but the key concept of this film (things moving backwards) feels a little bit half-baked. I tried as hard as I could to heed the words of the scientist character who says early on in the film, "Don't try to make sense of it", but that's really hard to do and often felt fruitless. I have no doubt that being able to watch the film a second or third time would help fill in some of the cloud but this movie is DENSE. Every scene is absolutely jam-packed with exposition-heavy dialogue on top of the perplexing backwards/time travel tech, that I genuinely struggled to keep up with all of it and by the time we reached the epic climax I wasn't entirely sure what I was supposed to be rooting for or concerned about. So in that sense it's hard to get excited about what I was watching despite being technically wowed by Nolan's direction and the truly original action pieces.
So yeah, this is a mixed bag. Maybe I'd absolutely love it on a second pass but it's hard to imagine going down that road again any time soon.
Not gonna lie...I laughed. A LOT.
If for no other reason in 2020, a movie that can make you laugh a lot is worthy of being called a masterpiece.
And even though this doesn't carry the same revelatory "America is terrifying" weight as Cohen's previous works, it is surprisingly sweet and Maria Bakalova is absolutely perfect as Borat's daughter.
The line that will stick with me forever? "May all of your shits have antlers!"
Remakes typically stand out (for good or bad) when they do something dramatically different from the original. Ben Wheatley's update of 'Rebecca' shockingly doesn't do much of anything different and so even though it looks great and is well-acted I couldn't help but think I'd rather just watch Hitchcock's classic version again instead.