TENET - Film Review
This photo is not a still from the movie TENET, it's the film's stars trying to explain the script to one another. I, of course, am just kidding about the photo, but this movie was just a "whoa."
I was SO excited to finally get my butt in the theaters again. It was all totally safe and other guests are really far out and spread around, nowhere near me. Plus we all had masks on when we did not have popcorn going in out mouths. But I wish my first movie in over six months was a little better than this.
It starts out as a decent action flick, but immediately you see the issues with this movie will lie in the writing and editing. The pacing is so fast you'll break your neck and then get lost while you're at it. What seems to be Inception 2 turns out to be even more disjointed than Inception. There was very little time taken to develop any sort of relationships with the characters. Writer and Director Christopher Nolan has his unique touch of cinema, which is sleek and stylish, but here he wanted to cram so much into an already crammed movie. This one movie needed to be a trilogy, and perhaps he's burnt out on trilogies.
Some of the ideas and concepts put into the film were great, but were delivered at lightning speed. All it takes is a blink and you missed it moment and you're lost totally. You have to remind yourself in the theater you can't pause, rewind and listen again to what you missed. This is the movies, people. Put your game face on! But other parts of the story began to be telegraphed and very predictable.
But really, the three acts of this movie were three totally different movies. The first was so grounded in reality that you're on the edge of your seat trying to keep up with high stakes art dealer talk, over tea with a splash of MI-6 thrown in for good measure. Then it's a mobster type movie with our villain, which was actually the highlight of the movie, played by Kenneth Branagh. And finally it's an all out time war with mind splitting open action that you're trying to comprehend before you're smashed out with a new shiny plot device altogether.
All in all, it had its cool moments, but way too much cinema packed into a two and a half hour movie. We need to be eased back into movies after quarantine, and this didn't really do the trick. So if you were to ask me "how was the first blockbuster of 2020?" I'd say, "It was very 2020."
A part of the Central Coast is breathing a little easier today with news coming from the San Luis Obispo County Health Department okaying some indoor businesses to reopen, which includes movie theaters at 25% capacity. Other businesses are restaurants, gyms and places of worship.
The question is will theaters still open up with the modifications for just 25% coming in, if that's enough to make their shortfalls. There's still not any word as to what modifications will be in place at theaters, or when any will open. CinemaSafe is an organization that helps promote safe cinema experiences and has laid out a plan for theaters to follow.
Will you be going to the movie theaters as soon as they re-open?
Check out San Luis Obispo County Health Department's video on the "Red Tier" status below.
I love going to family owned theaters, and I love going to the Park Cinema Theater in Paso Robles. First, if you haven't been, the park and square in Paso Robles has almost a "Hill Valley" feel with their iconic downtown "Courthouse Square." But this is real. There are many great shops and restaurants all around the square, and of course there's a movie theater where they play first run movies. It was a perfect place to spend the evening. The Park Cinema Theater is the only one in the city of Paso Robles, a city of over 32,000 people and a booming city for wine tourism. But with the onslaught of Covid-19, the days of the theater may be numbered.
The owners of the theater, the Roush Family, have put out a desperate call for help. An open plea for them to save their theater, which has been operated by the family since James Cameron's Titanic sailed on the screen. They have set up a GoFundMe account with the hopes of raising a quarter of a million dollars to help save the theater. They also have a lot of other ways you can help support the theater in these unprecedented times. Such as:
Please consider helping this business, who also greatly support local charities. Visit their website and GoFundMe pages for more information.
So I'm not going to lie...
I've got the movie theater blues, bad! I've been wanting to get back into a theater and watch movies, just like we used to back in the good ol' days, pre COVID-19. But alas, the world is a different place and I don't get to do that yet. Hopefully soon there will be a way we can all get together again and watch movies in theaters and laugh and cry all together. It's really a cathartic experience, which is also why I truly believe movie theaters will live on. But for now, I get to watch new releases from the comfort of my home.
Bill and Ted was one of my favorites growing up as a kid in the 80's. Just enough zany antics to keep any young boy giggling away. The pop culture references of the 80's was all throughout it. It was just a fun ride and got to do something fun that school kids could connect with, which is putting on a history report with the real people to do it for you. The sequel was another fun adventure but dealt with heaven and hell, and even aliens. It was fun.
So when Bill and Ted: Face the Music became available, I had a good feeling this would rekindle my old love of the series and help me get through my movie theater blues. After watching, I declared this movie to be "most non-triumphant."
The movie is pure fan service, from beginning to end. That can only get you so far. There was so much more Bill and Ted traveling in time to go talk to themselves, which got old really fast. Their kids are just female versions of themselves and nothing to do with the princess babes they rescued in the first movie, other than they are females. The "historic" musical figures they collect to put the band together was just kind of "meh." I wanted more Genghis Kahn savaging a mall wearing football pads, or Napoleon going down waterslides.
Instead we're treated with "hey you made music in the past, come with us for a jam session." This is what Bill and Ted's daughters do while they are off trying to steal the universe saving song from themselves. To not spoil anything of note, they all end up dead and on Death's doorstep, literally. But then they get into an argument about how Death was breaking up the band and argued about the falling out. It's a shame that all the returning characters from the old movies didn't really get a chance to shine. Bill and Ted also seem to have no character arc at all in the past 20 years since we have seen them. Ted maybe a little more so, but maybe that's because Keanu Reaves is a much seasoned actor, who can thank the original movie for giving him his stardom, so he put in a little more effort here... just a little.
I was expecting zany, stupid and off-the-wall things to happen. That's just what this is. But I was left disappointed that it all seemed so rushed. The pacing is rushed, including the finale which almost cuts to credits with a murderous slash in the middle of the song. The production looks like it was rushed with far too many green-screen shots than I bet any of the past movies combined. It also looks like it was cheaply made. But then again, that was true to the style of the first two movies, but I feel they could have tried a little harder. There's a part where they go to ancient China and you can easily see camouflage netting just through the trees and fog. They obviously shot somewhere like the gardens of the Huntington Library in Los Angeles and needed to block out all the modern buildings and used that. Again, it seemed rushed and cheap. And don't get me started on the "murder robot" that was trying to be a Terminator.
To be fair, I still giggled at some parts. I smiled and laughed when there were inside moments that built on the past movies. But to me, it was too few and far between. If the movie happens to come on your streaming service, and you liked the past movies, give it a watch. Don't pay for it specifically. I was left wanting more... and I'm not sure what else I really could have asked Bill and Ted for, which was totally bogus.