Christopher Nolan says you are not supposed to understand ‘Tenet’

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I rewatched Christopher Nolan tenet shortly before Oppenheimer opened in theaters and felt, somewhat strangely, that I understood the film less than the first time I saw him.

This was probably the first time I was swept up in the whole story of a secret organization that protects the present from time to time “converting” interlopers from the future. By watching it again and knowing what would happen in the narrative, I was able to think more about how the time travel aspect worked, and I got a little lost in some of the details. I can’t think of another movie that confused me more on second sight rather than first sight, but it happened that way.

According to Christopher Nolan himself, however, that’s fine. In an interview ahead The Late Show with Stephen Colbert this week, Nolan expressed his opinion that “you’re not supposed to understand everything tenet.”

Of course, as he said “It’s not all understandable. It’s a bit like asking if I know what happens with the spinning top at the end of the Start.”

“Do you know what happens with the spinning top at the end of the Start?” Colbert chimed in jokingly.

“I have to have my opinion about it for it to be a valid product secret,” Nolan replied. “But the point about it is that it’s an uncertainty.”

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When Colbert pressed him on a particular theory he had about it tenetNolan responded “I won’t allow myself to comment on fan theories anymore.”

Elsewhere in the same interview, Nolan revealed that he is a “huge” fan of the Fast & Furious movies, which he called a “horror action franchise.” He revealed that he watches the movies “all the time” and added flatly, “I love them.” He also said that he does not feel any guilt about it.

So if Christopher Nolan doesn’t feel guilty about love Fast & Furious, you shouldn’t either. Nolan’s last film, Oppenheimermakes its streaming debut on Peacock on February 16.

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