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New Escapist Column! On “TENET” and the Return of the Discourse…

I published a new piece at The Escapist earlier today. With the release of TENET bringing life back to American multiplexes next week, it also seems to be resurrecting “the discourse.”

TENET is the first major theatrical release of the summer. It is the first such release since Birds of Prey. There have been direct-to-video releases like Hamilton or Greyhound or Palm Springs. However, none of these have managed to catch the conversation in a way that a big theatrical release does. For the first time in almost half a year, there is a movie that strangers can shout at one another about on the internet. TENET has not even been released in American cinemas, but it is already generating highly charged shouting matches.

This is simply how people talk about films these days, with intensely impassioned positions and aggressive stances, stakes on the moral high ground and narratives predetermined. In hindsight, the six months without a release large enough to spark such online debate, the pandemic offered something of a reprieve from the shouting and the screaming. I missed cinemas, but I did not miss “the discourse.”

You can read the piece here, or click the picture below.


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