A Quiet Place details the daily lives of a family months after an immergence of creatures that are extremely dangerous and drawn to even the slightest of sounds. Having experienced tragedy in this new, silent world this family must try to survive while also learning to enjoy the small things.
The most moving aspect of this film was the relationship between the members of the family but especially that of the love the parents had for their children. John Krasinski’s character stops at nothing to ensure the safety of his children and it was an emotional rollercoaster to witness. Not only does the father want the children safe but he also tries to ensure their happiness as well. Although his relationship with his daughter is a bit strained, he still takes the time to attempt to build a working hearing aide for her. The son, a child filled with fear of the circumstances, learns to let loose and yell and scream near the river because of an outing with his father. John Krasinski’s performance was incredibly moving and I certainly teared up throughout the film.
Emily Blunt held her own in this film and made me appreciate how finely honed her craft truly is. In a movie that has very limited dialogue, it was important for the actors to be able to emote well. That was certainly not an issue for Blunt. The fear, or pain depending on the scene, was so clearly defined on her face. Her character was the most hardcore of the entire cast and her arc in particular was jaw-dropping.
Now I am a huge creature feature chick so I was anxious to get a good look at the monsters that are plaguing this family. The design choices were some of the best I’ve seen. Pieces of the monsters face detach and move around in a similar manner to antennae on a bug. These creatures were particularly terrifying in the fact that they had no apparent weaknesses. It isn’t like Will Smith’s I Am Legend creatures where they cannot go out in the sun or zombies that simply required a blow to the head. These creatures required you to be alert at all times and the silence in this film reinforces the high stress environment. I had never seen a film previously that weaponizes silence like this one and I am thoroughly impressed. I don’t believe I have ever been so tense in a film before. The entire theater held it’s breath until the credits rolled and even then the movie seems to follow you.
I love the return to the more retro feeling horror that the likes of Get Out and now A Quiet Place possess. Horror films have always inspired quite a divisive opinion, you either love them or hate them. But I encourage those of you that may not enjoy horror to go see A Quiet Place as it is a beautiful film.