Quentin Tarantino’s reaction to Nolan’s Tenet was one we can all relate to
Last year, Christopher Nolan‘s Tenet truly baffled the audience with the spectacle that it was. But, let’s be honest, it was not the easiest movie to decipher. It was by no means Nolan’s best ever film, but it was truly an experience. However, our review of the film cannot be as deep as that of fellow filmmakers, who know the workings behind the camera. But it turns out that Quentin Tarantino has similar opinions over Tenet as the vast majority of us.
Quentin Tarantino said he needs to see Tenet again
In 2020, Tenet was one of the few big releases that the world got to see amid the COVID-19 pandemic. And needless to say, it was a true marvel of filmmaking. the director’s dislike of CGI is well known and he prefers to use actual photography enhanced by special effects. But with Tenet, his focus on the spectacle left the audience and Quentin Tarantino himself confused. While talking to ReelBlend, the Once Upon a Time in America director said:
I think I need to see it again. (Laughs) I think I need to see it again. I had an interesting experience with it the first couple of times. 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.
Apparently, Nolan’s drive to make something so marvelous “numbed” Tarantino to the movie at an emotional level. He continued:
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
And that is something that we can relate to as well. In our review of Tenet, we explained how insane the watching experience of the movie was. The fact that it existed was amazing in itself. But the focus on dialogue and characters was so meager that it did take away from the experience of the movie a bit. Most of the movie was just exposition, trying to help the audience wrap their heads around the movie. And it seems like Quentin Tarantino, despite his experience, was not immune to the confusion.
That said, the Pulp Fiction director loves most of Nolan’s work. Especially Dunkirk
This review of Tenet was by no means a dig on Christopher Nolan. Quentin Tarantino, in fact, loves most of the director’s films and called his 2017 movie Dunkirk the second-best of the 2010s. After repeated viewings, Tarantino is more in awe of the movie, saying in the same interview:
Nolan’s Dunkirk screenplay cuts together three narratives that are each happening over different periods of time. Oftentimes, you see a film where the style is about the adrenaline of it. 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. 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.