TENET

2.5 out of 5 stars

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The problem with high concept movies (which I guess most time-travel films are) is, that if not dumbed down enough, it gets messy, too ambitious for its own good – even pretentious. The best time-traveling stories are probably the ones that don’t bother to get into the practical details like «Back To The Future», the good «Terminator» ones or «Avengers: Endgame» on one hand and the ones that are so complex but well-crafted they flatter anyone who can follow the plot like «Primer» or Donnie Darko.

TENET, not so much. It’s just too far up its own ass without much quality other than relying too heavily on its shtick (especially the acting was rather disappointing, considering the cast).

I think one of the problems is that TENET’s underlying concept of recursion is so abstract the movie has to invest a really big part of the runtime to let the audience adjust to the idea. Which feels like prolonged waiting in line to see the movie itself. (Remember the days when one had to wait in line for a movie ticket?). The whole first part of explaining the concept, planting some plot-devices and repeating the idea for good measure might be the necessary way to set up the story, but it’s way too boring to even really care once the second part starts.

Sure, TENET might be interesting, ambitious, clever – all that good stuff that Nolan normally does really well. But in the end the movie lacks elegance and heart – feeling way too much like work with too little payoff too late.

You know what lacks heart, too? This very review. I’m not feeling it today, so let’s start up the code and let some algorithm do the first part of this review of TENET…


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Avengers: Endgame

5 out of 5 stars

I’m happy now.

I won’t even try to understand how confused someone who’s been living under a rock for the past eleven years must feel like watching «Avengers: Endgame». But this movie is not for them. This movie was made for fans – it was made for rafemen. It was made for me.

I wasn’t afraid.

I wasn’t worried this time around that the Russo Brothers wouldn’t be able to pull it off. They went all-in with «Avengers: Infinity War» and succeeded spectacularly. With «Avengers: Endgame» they still had everything to loose, but the pressure was off, it seems, and they delivered.

I’m not even mad.

I don’t care that as a movie, «Endgame» isn’t the masterpiece «Infinity War» was. By itself, it’s probably not even that good a film. At times it lacks in elegance and pacing, even some of the green-screen work seems rushed and unfinished.
What this movie is is an all-star potpourri, the ultimate fan-service delivery-device. And probably one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen on the big screen.
Where «Infinity War» was all about quality and build-up, «Endgame» is about quantity. A nostalgic, almost melancholic stroll down memory lane.
«Endgame» is nothing short of the ultimate payoff for fans like me, made possible only through the hard work, imagination and most important, the heart and soul of thousands of highly talented people, creating a phenomenon never seen before in the history of cinema: A dream come true lasting for more than a decade.

I cried.

For the last ten or so years I’ve been witnessing something that I’d never thought to be possible as young boy in the eighties, way beyond my bedtime, browsing all of six TV-Channels over and over again looking for something fantastic, something special,… something for me. Just to be let down time and again finding out that neither «The Electric Horseman» nor «The Kiss of the Spider-Woman» had anything to do with superheroes or comic books whatsoever…
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has become everything that this now grown up boy could ever wish for, and more: It has shown me that it’s ok to be me: A nerd, a geek, a loner communicating first through drawings, then through websites, even a puny blog. In a cynical world I’ve learned to appreciate the ability to enjoy those ridiculous movies, unbelievable characters and fantastic adventures – the suspension of disbelieve truly has become my own personal superpower, giving me the opportunity to find excitement and happiness through escapism in times my depression wouldn’t allow it in any other way.

Without a doubt, there will be more comic book movies to come, even from Marvel Studios. But for me, with «Infinity War» and «Endgame» an era has ended. A most spectacular and emotional cinematic roller coaster ride has come to a stop, giving me closure. And what a truly amazing, satisfying ride it was.

I’m ready now….

It’s time to leave the dark movie theatre and go outside. To meet new friends, say thank you to my family and old pals and let go of even older ideas. To create new things and destroy bad habits. To make peace. To find purpose. To find love.

It’s time…

It’s time for me to take off those 3D glasses and open my eyes for the wonders this world has to offer, to experience whatever marvels this life presents for me to explore, embracing the good, overcoming the bad, growing into the person I am supposed to be.
Not to become a superhero, not even a hero – but a good man.

I am rafeman.

I am Raphael.


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Characters🐷🐷🐷🐷🐷
Acting🐷🐷🐷🐷
Drama, Baby!🐷🐷🐷🐷🐷
Fun🐷🐷🐷🐷🐷
Humour🐷🐷🐷🐷
Visuals🐷🐷🐷🐷
Music and Sound🐷🐷🐷🐷🐷
Originality🐷🐷🐷
Entertainment value🐷🐷🐷🐷🐷
Production value🐷🐷🐷🐷🐷
Satisfaction🐷🐷🐷🐷🐷