The very first thing I noticed about A Quiet Place was the next door theater playing a much louder movie. If you do view this in theaters, perhaps you should inquire about devices for the hearing-impaired.
A Quiet Place tells the story of a family in a post-apocalyptic world where creatures hunt and attack anything that makes a sound. It stars John Krasinski and Emily Blunt as two parents trying to protect their children while surviving in an increasingly silent world.
I have not seen director John Krasinski’s other films, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men or The Hollars, but it is clear which of the three is the standout. When it comes to John Krasinski as an actor, I often have problems seeing him as anyone other than his The Office character, Jim Halpert. In A Quiet Place, I felt instantly connected to Krasinski’s character. He was extremely convincing as a grizzled man emotionally damaged by tragedy. I never once wondered if he’d look into the camera and make a “Jim” face. He is a surprisingly good actor. Or maybe I was distracted by the beard.
There were fewer moments focusing on family (besides tragic moments) than I would have liked. Families in apocalyptic films rarely have time to bond, mind you, but I certainly would have liked to see more. Perhaps this family could play less Monopoly and have more conversations (verbal or nonverbal) like the scene in which the father has to explain to his son how louder sounds can drown out quieter ones. There was something very sad about explaining how sound works to a child who lives in near silence. Besides that, there were opportunities to dive deeper into drama and character development which I wish were taken advantage of.
Krasinski has crafted a fine horror film that embraces suspense over cheap jump scares (while they’re still there, they’re mostly justified). I was severely stressed for most of the story. It’s possible that I won’t see this movie again, but I am definitely glad I saw it. It is certainly a quality movie, but it didn’t blow me out of the water. There are an overwhelmingly amount of bad horror films compared to good horror films, and this movie is definitely in the latter category. I’d prefer any readers of this review go into the film without reading or watching anything else about it. If you think you’d like this type of movie, you will.
As a modern horror film: 9/10
As a movie: 7/10