Pre-ordering has begun for composer Hans Zimmer's Dunkirk score, and with these pre-sales comes the release of the always cryptic soundtrack list that give us small hints of what's to come in the war drama.
Zimmer has been working with director Christopher Nolan for over a decade, crafting memorable and soon to be classic scores for films like The Dark Knight, Inception, and Interstellar. The two compliment each other extremely well, as Zimmer orchestrates these beautiful, grand themes to go with Nolan's beautiful, grand visual imagery. Their partnership has yielded great results up to this point, making the soundtrack for Dunkirk among the most anticipated of this year.
Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, the soundtrack won't go on sale until the film's day of release on July 21st, but the track names that will be on that album have been revealed. As with most of Zimmer's scores for Nolan films, they don't reveal any specific plot details, but they do offer a bit of unrevealed context and add fuel to the speculation of how Dunkirk is structured:
1. The Mole
2. We Need Our Army Back
3. Shivering Soldier
5. The Tide
6. Regimental Brothers
9. The Oil
10. Variation 15 (Dunkirk)
11. End Titles
Soundtrack titles like "The Mole" and "Home" fit right in with past Zimmer-Nolan soundtrack titles like "Aggressive Expansion" from The Dark Knight or "Dream is Collapsing" from Inception. They don't give anything away about Dunkirk, but they do get minds racing about what they could mean. Who is "The Mole"? What is "The Tide"? Where is "Home"? By only using key words as their titles, the already sky-high expectations and excitement for the film and it's musical score only ratchets up a month from release.
In a statement, Nolan praised the work of Zimmer in the past and prepared eager audiences for the massive musical and visual experience that Dunkirk has planned for them:
“Dunkirk is one of the greatest suspense stories of all time, and our film needed a score to reflect that and to propel the audience through a telling of this story that is more thriller than war film. Hans’ unique score drives the visceral sense of action the film needs to put the audience right into the story, using images, sound, and music.”
Zimmer has been on tour throughout the U.S. and Europe for most of the year, performing medleys of his most famous scores at concerts and music festivals. Having been busy on tour, the only 2017 release he's composed a score for thus far is DreamWorks' The Boss Baby. That will change when Dunkirk is released next month.
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