#MovieReviewMondays: "A Quiet Place"
“A Quiet Place” was directed by John Krasinski, who also stars as the patriarch of a family in a post-apocalyptic America. The film takes place several months after an undisclosed event, which resulted in the world becoming populated by carnivorous creatures who are attracted to sound. The story follows the Abbot family, consisting of Lee (Krasinski), Evelyn (Emily Blunt), the pregnant mother of the family, and their three children: Beau (Cade Woodward), Marcus (Noah Jupe), and Regan (Millicent Simmonds), the last of whom is deaf.
The film immediately impresses from the very opening sequence, being surprisingly well made thanks to Krasinski, who rose to fame in the comedy scene. The most important aspect that sets this film apart from the rest of mainstream horror is the silence. As you could probably tell, this is a very quiet movie. Making any noise means immediate danger, so the family has adapted to surviving in silence.
The subtle ways the family has adapted over the years is an eye-opening look at Krasinski’s painstaking attention to detail. From using sand to travel far distances, to eating without utensils in order to have a silent meal confirms Krasinski’s talent behind the camera.
Considering that the majority of the dialogue is in American Sign Language, the acting keeps the unnerving silence from drowning out the movie. The impressive performances all around keep the film from falling into absurdity, keeping the sense of realism and tension alive.
Originality booms in this script. However, it is more than the silence that makes this film bloom among the cavalcade of horror movies streamed out monthly. All of the greats of horror have more than scares or atmosphere. They contain a message. In “A Quiet Place”, the messages of family and parent-child bond is ever so apparent, and makes us care for the characters at risk.
There are, however, some slight criticisms that I found in the movie, the primary one being a compliance with horror tropes. Don’t get me wrong, the atmosphere in the film is fantastic, but there are quite a bit of jumpscares scattered throughout. While most of them work, there are a few that are false, making us waste our energy over nothing.
My second complaint is focused on the monsters themselves. While it is sort of a nitpick for a relatively low-budget film, when the creatures are in a fully lit room, the CGI becomes obvious. This takes up very little screen time however, and when the creatures are obscured by trees or darkness, the fear factor jumps right back up.
“A Quiet Place” is a surprisingly brilliant thrill-ride from start to finish. It’s fantastic originality and tense atmosphere helps the film rise above its minor problems, making it a must-see for all horror fans.