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Quentin Tarantino, like just about everyone else, really enjoyed David Robert Mitchell's horror thriller It Follows, however, he's definitely not afraid to throw some criticism its way. In fact, although Tarantino enjoyed the film, there are some parts of it which apparently genuinely made him quite angry.

In an interview with Vulture, Tarantino started out praising the horror about a young woman with a sexually transmitted curse, but it wasn't long before his critical mind clicked into place. He initially stated:

"I loved The Kingsman. I really liked It Follows. [It's] the best premise I've seen in a horror film in a long, long, long time. 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."

When pushed to explain what It Follows could have done better, Tarantino couldn't resist the urge of breaking out into a full blown film-nerd rant. He starts out by explaining:

"He [writer-director David Robert Mitchell] could have kept his mythology straight. He 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. 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."

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He also took some issues with how the 'bad guys' behaved, adding:

"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. I don't buy that the thing is getting clever when they lower him into the pool. They're not clever."

Finally, he points out some strategic flaws in the action of our main character by concluding:

"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 fuck 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."

Wow. If that's what he says about movies he really liked, imagine what he says about films he hates...

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Source: Vulture


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