“Who are we if we can’t protect them?”
A Quiet Place tells the story of a family enduring the current dystopian world as creatures with supersonic hearing can hear even the smallest noise from far away. The movie, which stars Emily Blunt and John Krasinski as the parents of the two small children, must do everything in their power to protect the family. But as their quiet lives begin to unravel, the family must fight the creatures, risking everything they hold dear.
A Quiet Place came out of nowhere this year. Leading up to the film’s wide release, overall impressions of the film were overwhelmingly positive. The surprise came with the idea that Krasinski, who’s most known for playing Jim Halpert on The Office, was able to make a gripping horror movie that’s worth being proud of. A Quiet Place is insane in its storytelling. From the very beginning, the movie throws you into a scene where there is absolutely no sound, and it’s amazing! For those who have read my previous reviews, you know how I love the use of little sound and dialogue to convey a character’s emotion onscreen. By reducing the sound, I believe that it makes for an even more incredible theatrical experience. The silence in this horror film is so deafening that the silence acts as a villain in its own way. Krasinski’s direction of these characters is genius. I admire him for being able to transfer each character’s emotion through the lens without need for dialogue. The character of the deaf young girl, played by Millicent Simmonds, does well contrasting against the creatures who have such powerful hearing. Most importantly, the film does an exceptional job, as the film’s sound empties even more, when looking through the girl’s point of view.
The characters in the movie move so well with the story that is being told. Blunt who plays the matriarch of the family, helps keep the family together while also pregnant with her child. Not to mention the fact that her character goes through labor without being able to make a noise. The children who seem to be the cause of most of the chaos of the movie, go through some intense situation, excelling in their young talent along the way. But it’s Krasinski, who plays the patriarch of the family, that also helps to hold the family together, but in more of that man of the family type of way.
The story of A Quiet Place holds up all the way until the end. However, I did have some issues with different events that take place. For instance, sound cannot be heard by the creatures when making noise in some environments, even though these creatures can hear everything. Another plot point that I didn’t agree with was that the parents in the film seem a little lax when parenting their children in this dystopia. There’s a part in the film where the parents, having gone through an ordeal, are just sitting and talking about the family and what they need to do to protect them. However, as they’re having this conversation, the children are outside in the dark, trying to hide from the creatures.
But even with those pitfalls, A Quiet Place packs a big punch, and makes you examine and appreciate the quietness of a theater experience. So if you’re one of those people who can’t live without your popcorn, you may just want to skip the concessions, or settle for a quieter snack. Due to the lack of sound in A Quiet Place, your surrounding environment’s silence will amplify the crunching of snacks and sipping of drinks, which may cause you to become the least liked person in the theater.
A Quiet Place
Directed by: John Krasinski
Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Milicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe