Tarantino Doesn't Want You to Waste Your Time on These 5 Films
The legendary director's got opinions, and he's not afraid to share them.
Quentin Tarantino, the Oscar-winning screenwriter and director who's given us cult classics like "Pulp Fiction" and "Kill Bill," is known for his eclectic taste in movies, but did you know he also has a pretty strong "do not watch" list?
Over the years Tarantino was very vocal about movies he doesn't like, or have watched and wouldn't rewatch ever again. Here are some of the films Tarantino wouldn't recommend waste your time on:
- Groundhog Day (1993)
- Natural Born Killers (1994)
- The Hunger Games ( 2012-2015)
- The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
- The Marvel Cinematic Universe (2008-Present)
Groundhog Day (1993)
According to Tarantino's book, "Cinema Speculation," Bill Murray's classic comedy "Groundhog Day" doesn't get his seal of approval. Tarantino criticizes the film's focus on making Murray's character likable by the end, asking why Murray gets the transformational arc while other comedic actors like Chevy Chase stayed true to their sardonic selves.
Natural Born Killers (1994)
This one hits close to home for Tarantino because he actually penned the original script. However, after director Oliver Stone did some significant rewrites, Tarantino practically disowned the movie. Fans agree with Tarantino that Stone's attempt to social-commentate the film strayed far from what a true Tarantino movie feels like. Stone's version was more a disservice than an homage, they say.
The Hunger Games Series (2012-2015)
Tarantino accuses "The Hunger Games" of lifting its core concept from the 2000 Japanese film "Battle Royale," which he adores. Despite the series' author, Suzanne Collins, insisting her inspiration came elsewhere, Tarantino's not buying it. While fans generally give Collins the benefit of the doubt, there's no ignoring the striking similarities between the two movies.
The Matrix Sequels (2003)
Once upon a time, the original "The Matrix" was Tarantino's second favorite film – until its sequels came along and, in his words, "ruined the mythology." Tarantino saw "Reloaded" on its premiere day and was relieved it posed no threat to his own "Kill Bill: Vol 1" at the box office.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (2008-Present)
Here's a hot take: Tarantino isn't against superheroes, but he's not exactly their biggest fan nowadays either. He laments how actors playing superheroes aren't really the stars anymore – the characters are. Moreover, he thinks the MCU 's approach of a shared universe is undermining original, standalone movies. Given the current state of the MCU (which is, let's be honest here for a minute, pure chaos), maybe Tarantino isn't wrong about this one, either.