Movie Review: A Quiet Place
A Quiet Place, the most recent horror film to hit theaters, is already receiving rave reviews and making its mark at the box office. The film is directed by the notoriously funny John Krasinski, although he sets aside his comedic chops for this story. Kransinski also helped screenwriters Bryan Woods and Scott Beck with writing the script, and Krasinski also co-stars in the film alongside Emily Blunt. The two play a couple who live silently while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound. Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, and Cade Woodward portray their children in the film.
The film begins at 89 days after the creatures have arrived on Earth. Lee Abbott (Krasinski) and his wife, Evelyn (Blunt), have silently traveled with their children into a deserted town to find supplies and medicine. All of them attempt to make no noise while walking around the store barefoot and carefully inspecting objects. Once they have retrieved all they need, they start their journey home, walking on top of sand to mute their footsteps. An incident occurs on their way home, and the rest of the film picks up a year later. At this point, the Abbott family tries to deal with the fallout from the earlier events and faces new complications as they continue to avoid the creatures that hunt them.
I have always been honest about how much of a wimp I am concerning horror films, but the marketing for this movie was impossible for me to ignore. I was completely enamored with the whole concept of a family living silently to survive against creatures that hunt by sound. While the film did terrify me in certain moments, I can honestly say that this is one of my favorite films of the year so far. It is an incredibly simple concept, but it is unfolded superbly in even the smallest details of the film. For example, their house is not very well protected, but of course, they cannot fix anything without drawing the attention of the creatures. It is smaller details like these that set the atmosphere and add to the terror of this family’s situation. Also, for a film where you are never explicitly told the characters names, you feel connected to them in every single scene.
So, before I get any further, I have to commend the characters in this story and the actors who portray them. John Krasinski is fantastic in this role, and he establishes his character’s role as protector and survivalist with very little dialogue. Even his short, abrupt signs establish his character and his mindset. Emily Blunt is just as equally amazing, and she somehow brings a sense of normalcy to some of the scenes with the family. Additionally, she communicates everything through her facial expressions, and her performance in that bathtub scene was chilling. However, it’s not just the adults that steal the show. Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe are both incredible, and they express every single emotion that the story demands. All of the interactions between these main four cast members feel genuine, and it is that dynamic that makes this story so moving.
At the end of the day, A Quiet Place is a story about survival. Of course the creatures are terrifying, but it’s the bond between the characters that truly makes this film worth watching. At one point in the film, Emily Blunt’s character asks her husband who they are if they can’t protect their children, and the whole film really digs into that question and that predicament. The heart of this film runs deep, and I honestly cannot recommend it enough. Be prepared to sit on the edge of your seat throughout the entire film, but I truly believe that A Quiet Place deserves to be experienced in the theater.
Mollie is a film enthusiast, aspiring writer/screenwriter, and a lover of all things Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. She is the co-founder of The Digital Shore (@thedigitalshore) and Above The Line (@atl_movies). You can follow her many adventures through Twitter and Instagram at @mcbeach.