A fun riff on the zombie genre from Jarmusch with a cast packed with regulars all having fun. Goofier than usual with a self-awareness that I loved, but may be a bit too on the nose for others. Tom Waits is fantastic as is Tilda Swinton in yet another odd and memorable performance. So many little details are crammed into the film in terms of design, homages, casting, and dialogue, that it is the cinematic equivalent of a band playing a medley of hits. A nice film to watch on a lazy afternoon.
It Follows take a similar approach to David Robert Mitchell's earlier The Myth of the American Sleepover in creating a film that is generally set in the 80s without ever explicitly stating it and reworking teen drama. With It Follows it is almost like Kubrick directed a teen horror film in the 80s. There are visual echoes of The Shining and the score is a full 80s synth feeling. Overall this forms a neat dissonance with the distinctly controlled framing…
Visually stunning with a 50s sensibility and pitch perfect performances, direction, and writing that make the film feel like it was made in the 50s. Assured and confident, it creates an immersive world surrounding memorable characters and allows us to spend time with them. Superb filmmaking that shows what is possible with skill and confidence.