Published Aug 25, 2015David Robert Mitchell's It Follows stands as one of the most beloved films of 2014, but not everyone found it to be perfect. Director Quentin Tarantino, for example, recently told Vulture that he thought the movie's flaws kept it from greatness. Now, the site has published some extra quotes from the interview where he details how he'd fix it.
"It's one of those movies that's so good that you start getting mad at it for not being great," Tarantino said in the original interview. "The fact that he didn't take it all the way makes me not just disappointed but almost a little angry."
Following up with Tarantino, Vulture asked him how he'd fix the film. He explained his frustrations with great detail. Read them in the following statement (though note that there are spoilers ahead).
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.
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.
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.
Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight hits select theatres on Christmas Day. We'd love to hear what David Robert Mitchell has to say about it.