Precept: 5 large issues I had with the Christopher Nolan movie
The concept hinders storytelling
Here’s the thing with Tenet. If you are not interested in the concept, then the film is completely lost to you. And while I didn’t understand everything, I don’t think that was the problem. For example, I love medical drama, but I only know a fraction of what the characters are talking about. I don’t need medical terminology to enjoy a medical drama as it is all about character interactions. Not medicine. But Tenet is all about time reversal, and I don’t care about time reversal. I just don’t care.
And that’s a shame too, because I like time travel stories. I love Primer, which is also quite complex, and I even love time travel stories like The Terminator. But I don’t like Tenet and that’s because storytelling (interacting with the characters, storyline, etc), and it shouldn’t, put the concept of time reversal in the background. Storytelling should always come first and not at Tenet, which is why it ultimately fails.