Movie Review: A Quiet Place (2018)

Released in 2018, A Quiet Place is a horror movie directed by, and starring John Kransinski. Following an alien (I think?) invasion in late 2020, Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and Lee Abbott (Krasinski) live on a small homestead with their children, deaf daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds),and sons Marcus (Noah Jupe) and Beau (Cade Woodward). The family must survive without making any noise, communicating only by sign language, lest they draw the attention of the creatures, who hunt based on sound.

+ both Blunt and Krasinski are great as Evelyn and Lee Abbott, respectively. The chemistry of their real-life marriage is more than apparent, and their interactions with their in-movie children are exactly what you’d expect. Simmonds as Regan was frustrating, in the exact way that a pre-teen girl would be, with all the sass and sadness of her situation coming through via her signing
+ the idea of signing/staying quiet in a horror movie is one I don’t think I’ve seen too often, perhaps most recently in the film Don’t Breathe. The whole movie felt like a mix between Don’t Breathe, Alien and Metalhead, from Black Mirror‘s fourth season. I was a fan of both those movies (not so much the Black Mirror episode), so this was a pleasant mixture for me
+ the creatures are pretty cool, in terms of the design at least. I think it’s clear I’m a huge fan of the original Alien Xenomorph design, and they were similar-ish here, with hints of the Stranger Things demogorgon. I really want to know more about them, which I suppose is a testament to the backstory of the film
+ I absolutely loved the prologue of the film, although it was all spoiled in the only trailer I had seen. The rest of the film I could take or leave, as you’ll read below, but in general I’d say it was a fun watch

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From right: Lee (Kransinski) carries Marcus (Jupe), followed by Evelyn (Blunt), Regan (Simmonds) and Beau (Woodward). The order leaves a lot to be desired…

– for fans of the horror genre, there is nothing that will scare you. The jump scares are predictable, not that jump scares make for overly good horror in the first place, and there never really feels like anyone is at risk – but maybe I’ve just watched too many horror movies
– the “what”s of the movie (what the family has to do to survive, what the monsters are and want, and what comes next) are all interesting, but the film falls apart when you start asking “why” (why would they choose to get pregnant (if they did), why would you go off somewhere by yourself or leave your young children alone, and the biggest why of all regards the ending, which I won’t say here). It was frustrating, once the movie was over, that nobody seemed to have any real answers for the important stuff

> I never realised how loud eating popcorn was

Should you see this film: Despite a few flaws that come when you think too hard about the specifics, this was a mostly unique horror film from John Kransinski, which I certainly never thought I’d write. The acting is fine, the plot is acceptable and the monsters may shock you once or twice, and as long as you don’t think about it too much you’ll probably enjoy this.

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