Praise from peer-to-peer is always nice to see, with Quentin Tarantino having previously commended Christopher Nolan for his 2017 war epic Dunkirk.
It was back in 2020 during an episode of The Ringer’s Rewatchables podcast when Tarantino named his favourite films of the past decade, with number one being awarded to David Fincher’s Facebook drama The Social Network, and number two going to Nolan’s Dunkirk. As Tarantino noted during the interview: “The style is an immersive experience, but by the third or fourth viewing you get past the style and you realize the magician’s tricks”.
Continuing, the director adds, In the case of Dunkirk, it rewards Nolan’s efforts to see it more. “There’s a point, by mid-movie, he can’t do it wrong. It’s a symphony. Nothing doesn’t work”.
The director also admitted that he enjoyed Dunkirk even more after repeated viewings, stating: “I had an interesting experience with it the first couple of times,” he said in 2020, “The first time I saw it, I don’t know what I was thinking the first time. I just dealt with the spectacle of it all. I couldn’t deal with anything else but the spectacle of it all”.
Speaking of the sheer impact of the films technical aspects, he comments, “I liked the movie, but the spectacle almost numbed me to the experience. I don’t think I felt anything emotional. I was awed by it. But I didn’t know what I was awed by”.
Adding: “It wasn’t until the third time that I could see past the spectacle and into the people the story is about. I finally could see through the trees a little bit”.
With that being said, Quentin Tarantino has recently come out in confusion against Nolan’s 2020 time-travel epic Tenet, commenting in an interview with ReelBlend: “I think I need to see it again…[Laughs] I think I need to see it again”.
Clearly, a big fan of the British director, lets hope Tarantino prefers the bombastic film after repeat viewings.