So I just got back from seeing Tenet and I wanted to open a discussion up for those who have seen it.
Overall I enjoyed the movie. It is not my favourite Nolan movie (though I have not seen everything he has done and honestly like his Batman stuff the best out of what I have seen) but it was definitely solid. It seems closest to Inception as far as his films go but that was what I was expecting.
Early on with the time stuff I was kind of put off and thought Nolan was just being complex/confusing just for the sake of it (it is what I felt about Inception when that came out) but by the end I thought he actually did a really good job at justifying everything and I actually think I am going to see it again just because I think I would pick up more on a second viewing.
The backwards fighting and action is technically impressive and I would love to see some behind the scenes stuff about how it was done but it also looks goofy as hell a lot of the time and took me out of the movie at first until I got used to it. Similarly a lot of the time jargon just sounds like silly nonsense even though it is pretty easy to follow. Like almost no one ever seems surprised by the fact that time flows in reverse and they just kind of accept it with almost no questions.
The cast is great. Robert Pattinson continues to show that he is one of the best young actors working in Hollywood right now. This is not his greatest performance but he is really engaging to watch and I just want more of him always.
I saw this movie in IMAX and it was definitely worth it. The film looked amazing and sounded really good. The dialogue was a bit low in the mix which made it hard to discern during certain scenes, mostly when an effect was applied to it (there are multiple scenes where dialogue is delivered via mic/recorder that I sometimes struggled to make out).
If you want a dumb action movie with a little bit more complex of a plot than most and some really unique effects then I would highly recommend this film. If you are looking for your mind to be blown then why are you watching a Christopher Nolan film? (lol jk but seriously some people drastically overstate how "smart" his movies are). All of these impressions are based off a single viewing in probably the best environment possible so I am probably overrating it a little as of now but I will have to wait for future viewings to see if that holds true.