In a new interview, Quentin Tarantino has heaped praise on the score for Christopher Nolan’s 2017 World War II epic Dunkirk, claiming Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack the best of the last decade.
The Once Upon A Time in Hollywood director was speaking to The Ringer’s ‘Rewatchables’ podcast and with award season approaching its dramatic climax the conversation moved on to recent Tarantino’s experiences with the Academy Awards.
In particular, the director was asked about losing out on the Best Original Score award in 2018. The conversation then turned to Zimmer’s work on Dunkirk “It’s a score for one movie in particular that you could define the decade by,” said Tarantino.
As reported in IndieWire, Tarantino added some further compliments to the sheer majesty of Nolan’s production “I had an interesting experience with it the first couple of times.” He continued, “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.”
“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…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”.