Quentin Tarantino On “It Follows”

I have a lot of thoughts about the movie It Follows. I wanted to love it but I couldn’t. What a disappointment! Thankfully, some agree that it wasn’t the best that it could be—and one of these people is Quentin Tarantino.

In an edited-out aside from his interview with New York magazine, Tarantino critiqued the film and its maker for being inconsistent and—like I said—not as good as it should have been nor as horrifying as it should have been. He had a lot of notes.

He mostly took issue with how the filmmaker created a world and set of rules that he consistently broke and broke and broke. Things like this take you out of the story since they defy the logic that was presented to you. As Quentin explained…

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 ten 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 strategizing? That’s never been part of it before.

Yes. All of his notes make sense to me, seven thousand percent. It would have been so wonderful if he (OR SOMEONE.) could have given the appropriate notes to make the film as good as it should have been. Again: Quentin agreed—and this is exactly where my anger comes from.

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.

It Follows made me furious because it is such a genius concept that decided it wanted to bail on halfway through the movie. If there is any film that I wish would get remade, it’s It Follows. I never wish for remakes but I hope this one somehow gets the Let The Right One In redo. It Follows should be a great movie. Too bad it isn’t.

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