Christopher Nolan Says You Don’t Have to Understand All of ‘Tenet’

Christopher Nolan Says You Don’t Have to Understand All of ‘Tenet’

Christopher Nolan sitting with a microphone and his hand outstretched as he speaks

Some movies are meant to leave you guessing or wondering what everything meant. Christopher Nolan is no stranger to making these movies, and he says it’s okay not to understand every aspect of it Tenet. You don’t have to be an expert. That’s kind of the point.

Christopher Nolan did a five-part interview with Stephen Colbert for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where they talked about his films and career as a whole. Colbert asked him about experiencing his movies and enjoying them, which led to the question of whether or not we It is assumed to understand everything in Tenet– or better yet, whether Christopher Nolan himself realizes it or not Tenet.

“You don’t have to understand everything Tenet“, Nolan said. “It is not all understandable. It’s a bit like asking if you know what happens to the spinning top at the end of the starting.” Colbert jokingly jumped in to ask if he knew what happened to the tip, and Nolan quickly explained how he got his take on what happens.

“I have to have my own idea of ​​it being a valid and productive ambiguity. But the bottom line is that it’s a blur,” he said. Talking about how the character doesn’t care if he falls or not (referring to Leonardo DiCaprio’s Cobb in the film), Nolan focused his answer simply on what the character needs from him and not necessarily what the audience does .

It’s really what has always done it for me love Nolan’s work. You are experiencing this story without a clear answer. It’s something you can ultimately interpret yourself. We can talk about his movies and figure out what he means all by ourselves, and he doesn’t hand us the answers on a silver platter.

The interview turned into a bit of a joke when Colbert threw some theories of his own at Nolan, who responded by saying he doesn’t comment on fan theories. But the point Nolan made is one we should all focus on: You don’t HAVE to understand every single twist of a film to get something out of the characters you’re on this journey with.

Fortunately we now know that Nolan loves it Speed ​​& Madness franchise

During the interview, Colbert spoke to Nolan about his “guilty pleasures.” When he brought up Nolan’s love for Speed ​​& Madness franchise, Nolan was quick to say that he has no fault for loving those films. The same, king. The same.

It was supposed to be a joke, but hearing Christopher Nolan tell Stephen Colbert that he would watch all the movies with him because he watches them all the time anyway really got me extremely happy as a Nolan fan – it even made me better when he forgot for a brief moment that technically Tokyo Driftwhich came out after the first two films, is the first film in the timeline.

The reality of it is that Christopher Nolan doesn’t take the small details of his movies as seriously as people think from an audience perspective. it want audiences to think and wonder and not know what that means because that helps not only entertain us but also keep the conversation going about the film.

Fortunately, I will finally see Tenet in theaters during its IMAX re-release, and I can’t wait to step into this world once again, even if I don’t fully understand Sator Square.

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Rachel Leishman

Rachel Leishman (She/Her) is an Assistant Editor at the Mary Sue. She has been a professional writer since 2016, but was always obsessed with movies and television and wrote about them growing up. A lover of Spider-Man and Wanda Maximoff’s biggest protector, she has interests in all things nerdy and a cat named Benjamin Wyatt the Cat. If you want to talk classic rock or all things Harrison Ford, she’s your girl, but her interests stretch far. Yes, she knows she looks like Florence Pugh.

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