So let’s talk, A Quiet Place…
A Quiet Place is our new thriller directed, starring and written by John Krasinski. In case you don’t know him by name, he’s one of those actors with a face that if your girlfriend left for you him, you’ll look at him and think, “Well, good for her,” mainly because he’s just darn likable. I have unintentionally followed a fair amount of his career from the Shrek and It’s Complicated” to The Office and this movie. He has a knack for comedic timing but I must admit he does drama really well.
By now you may have realized that I just wrote a whole paragraph just about Krasinksi, and that is because he’s the only person I rooted for in the movie – let’s explore.
The movie opens up with our family having already endured the initial wave of unknown creature attacks leaving the city populous bare. The movie did a superb job of setting the rules of survival and the consequences for breaking such rules. It used silence to not only at times, make us feel safe but also to emphasize danger. The movie has been receiving raving scores and that is due to thoughtful pacing (although I can see it being too slow for others) and clever angles when slowly revealing the creature throughout the movie. The shots of the broken city and forest paints a story at times. There are some clunky moments with the world-building, at one point the movie just writes out all the exposition you may need to know for now – it was a bit jarring since everything up until then was so well-paced.
Signs of Annoying Characters
I mentioned how Krasinski was the only one I liked, and that notion intensified as the movie progressed. We’re introduced to their family third son whom, in every sense of the word, is a liability to his family. The second son was hard to empathize with despite his obvious dire situation. The daughter, played by Millicent Simmonds, is an accumulation of all we’ve come to hate about hormonal kid characters with nothing redeeming about her. Its nice to know that the actress is deaf but it does nothing to deter a bad character. She is a fairly decent sister in the sense that she cares for younger siblings but other than that I couldn’t stand her. The mother, played by Emily Blunt, was serviceable and endearing for the comparable shorter screen time she was given. I found the baby subplot such an exciting multiplier to the movie’s intensity, yet I couldn’t shake the thought, “Maybe they should have not had this baby”.
Silence Doesn’t Change A Bad Idea
In the end I left with mixed feelings. The monster was well designed and it was terrifying throughout the movie except when it’s hearing was weakened to service the plot. Despite the rules the movie has provided, some things were still questionable. Thus my final gripe with this movie is, it’s well designed but it repeatedly throws me out of the movie. This is due to the many bad choices from the family and odd power inconsistencies of the creatures. I know bad decision-making are common in silly horror flicks from the 80s and 90s but in a movie as refined as this, it’s quite distracting – similar to an aching ring that you just can’t get out of your ears.