Ahh, Tenet. One of 2020's most anticipated theatrical releases, famed for its seemingly endless hype, haphazard sound mixing, and well, a convoluted plot that launched a thousand explainers. Dubbed "Christopher Nolan's most confusing movie ever," it seems not even Robert Pattinson, who stars in the sci-fi flick, had a clue of what the heck Tenet was all about -- while actively working on the film.
"It's an incredibly complicated movie, like all of Chris's movies," the Twilight actor told Esquire in a profile from earlier this year. "I mean, you have to watch them when they're completely finished and edited three or four times to understand what the true meaning is." Now, I must admit, even three watches later, Tenet still manages to evade me, and it seems I'm not alone -- Pattinson says he also spent months on end wondering WTF is going on.
"When you're doing them, I mean, there were months at a time where I'm like, 'Am I ... I actually, honestly, have no idea if I'm even vaguely understanding what's happening.' And yeah, I would definitely say that to John David. On the last day, I asked him a question about what was happening in a scene, and it was just so profoundly the wrong take on the character. And it was like, 'Have you been thinking this the entire time?'"
Although at first, he says he saw this confusion was a means of connecting with his co-stars, it turns out they, unlike him, seemed to be in the loop, Indie Wire reported. "There's definitely a bond in the end in kind of hiding the fact that maybe neither one of us knew exactly what was going on. But then I thought, Ah, but John David actually did know. He had to know what was going on."
Yet in light of these confusion allegations, HBO-foe Nolan, maintains that such was not true, that Pattinson actually had "a complete grasp of the script," while fully recognizing that what, exactly constitutes understanding the film is up for personal interpretation. "A complete grasp of the script is one that understands and acknowledges the need for this film to live on in the audience's mind, and suggest possibilities in the audience's mind," he explained to GQ.
Well, folks, as rumors swirl that R Patz's Batman endeavor is going less than ideal, at least he probably understands the superhero flick's plot. The shoot may allegedly be going to hell in a handbasket, but hey, hopefully Matt Reeves didn't have to say, "Robert, this is Alfred, he's your butler and friend."