Quentin Tarantino Critiques It Follows!
It Follows was a film that just kind of showed up and caught the attention of horror fans almost overnight. The film followed a young girl who contracts a sort of supernatural STD, when she sleeps with a man she goes out on a date with then is told that ‘It’ will continue to follow her until she slept with someone else and passes it onto someone else. I really liked the film but I did have some problems with it, the same problems Quentin Tarantino confessed during an interview with Vulture.
“It’s one of those movies that’s so good that you start getting mad at it for not being great. The fact that he didn’t take it all the way makes me not just disappointed but almost a little angry. Mitchell broke his mythology left, right, and center. We see how the bad guys are: they’re never casual. They’re never just hanging around. They’ve always got that one look and they always just progressively move toward you,” he continued.
“Yet in the movie theater, the guy thinks he sees the woman in the yellow dress and the girl goes, ‘What woman?’ Then he realizes that it’s the follower. So he doesn’t realize it’s the follower upon just looking at her? She’s just standing in the doorway of the theater, smiling at him, and he doesn’t immediately notice her? You would think that he, of anybody, would know how to spot those things as soon as possible. We spotted them among the extras.”
This was just the beginning of some of the problems with the film as the The Django Unchained director then went on to his issues with the story line that didn’t add up. “The movie keeps on doing things like that, not holding on to the rules that it sets up. Like, okay, you can shoot the bad guys in the head, but that just works for 10 seconds? Well, that doesn’t make any fucking sense. What’s up with that? And then, all of a sudden, the things are aggressive and they’re picking up appliances and throwing them at people? Now they’re strategising? That’s never been part of it before. I don’t buy that the thing is getting clever when they lower him into the pool. They’re not clever.”
Tarantino then concluded by pointing out the flaws in the main character too, and the decisions she made towards the end of the film. “Also, there’s the gorgeously handsome, geeky boy — and everyone’s supposed to be ignoring that he’s gorgeous, because that’s what you do in movies — that kid obviously has no problem having sex with her and putting the thing on his trail. He’s completely down with that idea.”
“So wouldn’t it have been a good idea for her to f*** that guy before she went into the pool, so then at least two people could see the thing? It’s not like she’d have been tricking him into it. It’s what I would’ve done.”
As I’ve stated, I really did enjoy the film but I also had to warn people that it was an art house horror film and quite frankly many just wouldn’t get it, but the issues QT had I carried myself. It was frustrating the way David Robert Mitchell breaks his own rules and doesn’t seem to have a firm grasp on his world and rules. If you love scary movies and are just a movie buff in general I do recommend checking it out you won’t hate yourself for the time spent watching the film, but you do wish it had just been a better then the final product.